Council approves attorney contract

September 12, 2013 • Local News

City Council approved four bus[auth] inesses for renewals or new liquor licenses, and City Attorney Barbara Patterson’s contract for legal services was renewed for the next three months Thursday.

Councilors voted to grant a liquor license transfer to Allsup’s Convenience Store at 1500 N. Garden Ave., allowing the Best Western Sally Port Inn & Suites to transfer its license that allows packaged liquor sales to the store.

The Sally Port Inn & Suites’ liquor license application was then approved by the council, allowing it to sell liquor in a new bar and restaurant expected to open on the premises. The new license will now only allow the hotel to sell alcohol for the new restaurant, and not to those guests staying in the rooms or who want to sit out on the patios.

Councilors also approved a wine and beer license for Carmines Italian Eatery, a new restaurant, expected to open Sept. 17 at 1500 N. Garden Ave. The restaurant will employ 35 people, and will serve “quick, casual Italian food” in a family setting.

El Tapatio, at 3012 N. Main St., was also approved to sell beer and wine.

In other action, the board unanimously decided to approve renewing Patterson’s contract for legal services for another three months. Patterson’s contract calls for paying her firm $12,784.92 per month.

The city also will reimburse her firm for any witness fees, services for process fees, investigative fees, expert witness fees, filing fees, subpoena fees, postage fees, bulk mailings, travel costs, long-distance telephone costs, outside legal counsel costs and fees incurred on behalf of the city.

The three-month extension will allow city staff to hold a workshop to decide whether to hire an in-house city attorney or continue contracting for legal services in the future, said City Manager Larry Fry.

“In this particular case, we are deciding which way it should be handled,” Fry told councilors.

The council also recognized artist Aria Finch with a community service award. Look for her story in the next edition of Vision Magazine.

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