Perfect! Now to work out the details. Maybe a three-drink minimum? Do patrons have to pay for drinks? Can I make collection development decisions after a few shots of schnapps? There are so many new policies to write!
The Ferndale Public Library will now be able to serve alcohol at a handful of special events in order to raise additional revenue for its programs and services.
On March 11, the City Council unanimously approved an amendment to the city’s ordinance regulating alcohol possession and consumption in public places to allow alcoholic beverages to be served in facilities that have a lease agreement with the city. However, according to City Manager April Lynch, the only buildings in Ferndale that fit this description are the library and the Detroit Curling Club.
Mayor Dave Coulter stressed that, even with the amended ordinance in place, all requests to serve alcohol at special events must still come before the council for approval.
“Just in case the library wants to be doing this on a regular basis, we can tell them ‘no’ if it becomes excessive,” he explained. “That’s why we wanted to make sure that they have to come before us and ask for permission every time. It’s very much our intent that this will not become a regular occurrence, so we still have the ability to reject any proposals that do not seem appropriate.”
Well, it's a start.