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McHenry City Council to consider 'bring your own alcohol' liquor license

Some businesses want to offer BYOB without selling food, alcohol

Derik Morefield, left, and Mayor Wayne Jett perform their duties during a McHenry City Council meeting on Monday, April 15, 2019 in McHenry.
Derik Morefield, left, and Mayor Wayne Jett perform their duties during a McHenry City Council meeting on Monday, April 15, 2019 in McHenry.

McHenry City Council will meet Monday to consider the creation of a “bring your own alcohol” license.

The city doesn’t have an ordinance in place that regulates customers who want to bring their own alcohol into a business that doesn’t serve food or alcohol on site.

“In recent years, the city, much like our surrounding communities, has seen a growth in businesses who wish to allow their customers the ability to bring their own alcohol on premise and consume alcohol in conjunction with a service they have purchased at the business,” McHenry Police Chief John Birk said in a memo to the council. “The regulation and oversight of businesses involved in either the sale, service or consumption of alcohol is directly linked to the safety of a community and those citizens who live, work and visit within it.”

Some places in McHenry, such as Studio Art School and a new boating business, are interested in allowing customers to drink, according to city documents. The new liquor license would allow the city and police to have some oversight in “bring your own alcohol” situations, according to city documents.

The new ordinance will make it illegal for businesses to let customers bring alcohol on site without a license. The licensing fee will be $250, and no more than two active permits will be allowed at a time, according to the ordinance.

Customers won’t be allowed to bring in their own drinks after midnight or before 6 a.m.

City Council also will consider the boating business Pedal and Pour Inc., which wants a “bring your own alcohol” license for its new Fox Waterway service.

The operation plans to offer boat rides on the Fox River. The business owner wants to use a city boat slip at Miller Point on Boone Creek to park the 16-passenger boat and load and unload customers, according to city documents.

McHenry District 156’s request for a permit for its planned facilities overhaul also is on the agenda. The district plans to complete $44 million in renovations at both campuses and construct a 64,000-square-foot addition at McHenry High School – West Campus.

McHenry City Council will meet 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 333 S. Green St.

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