DeKALB – An ordinance amendment to give exceptions, through a permitting process, for alcohol sales on Park District grounds was unanimously approved during Thursday’s DeKalb Park District Board meeting.
Amy Doll, executive director of the district, said this has been discussed for several months, and a change in the park code is the first step to allow for public and private events to serve alcohol.
“Staff has had a lot of conversations in the development,” Doll said. “We want to make sure we’re being very careful with the types of events that serve alcohol in the parks.”
Under the private event exemptions, consumption of alcoholic beverages for those 21 and older at eligible park shelters would be allowed so long as any person or entity providing the alcohol obtains a permit issued by the executive director no fewer than 14 days before the event.
For public events, the sale or distribution of alcohol conducted on district property would be allowed so long as the entity or organization selling the alcohol obtains a permit issued by the executive director no fewer than 14 days before the event.
Board President Phil Young said he would hope there is enough faith in Doll to make good judgment calls when issuing permits.
“I would think if there was a problem, it would be brought forth right away,” Young said.
Licensees also must comply with all city and state liquor license requirements and must ensure that someone who has completed Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training is present at the point of sale and distribution at all times when alcohol is sold or distributed.
Applications for permits for the consumption of alcohol must be accompanied by a fee of $100 an event. If the event continues beyond one day, fees would be assessed $100 a day. Fees would not be refunded for a denied application.
As a trial run, the park board had approved the one-time sale of alcohol during the last DeKalb Municipal Band concert of 2017, which prompted the board to consider developing its own permitting process.