City Council to discuss bar regulations

Cassie Buchman, City Editor

The Charleston City Council will review changes in bar regulations including time of closing and checking ID cards on Tuesday.

Also in the agenda are granting new development standards on Medical Cannabis Cultivation centers and dispensaries and a proposed future cancer center building at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

The medical cannabis ordinance examines which zoning districts will cannabis dispensaries be allowed, and security measures needed to take.

Everyone who sells and serves alcohol might be required to have stricter methods for checking ID cards. This includes requiring special training for those who check IDs.

Currently, one person on duty is required to have Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training experience. The new regulations would require everyone to have training.

The new training will teach bartenders how to identify fraudulent IDs and people who have had too much to drink.

Hours of operation in bars will also potentially change.

Currently, bars are allowed to stay open until 1 a.m., but a new ordinance will allow them to stay open for one-hour later trial run.

The trial run means bars will open until 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights until August of this year. The trial run will essentially make the decision on whether or not the bars will be able to stay open later permanently.

Mayor Rennels said the current time of closing leads to crowded parking lots.

“At 1 a.m. when the bars close, everyone leaves at the same time.” Mayor Rennels said.

He said the congestion in the parking lots makes it harder for people to leave in a safe manner.

Those in favor of later bar hours say it will be an incentive for people to stay in Charleston, as opposed to going to other places.

Raffle licenses for various events will also be examined.

The council will also recognize February as Black History month, and review changes in building regulations in Charleston.

The City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall, 520 Jackson Ave.


Cassie Buchman can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].