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Survey, community events calendar on Sandwich mayor's agenda

Council also discusses increases Class K liquor licenses

Sandwich Mayor Rick Olson was pleased with the turnout at a recent tourism meeting held in the city council chambers.

Olson said 15 people attended.

He told council members Feb. 26 that they discussed preparing a survey that could be given to visitors who are in town for the weekend, whether shopping or at the Opera House.  

He said the survey questions could include asking visitors how they learned about Sandwich, where they came from, and what value they saw in coming back to Sandwich.

“We want to be able to find out what attraction brought them to Sandwich and what they would like to see us do in the future,” he said.

“Our first goal is to establish a community events calendar to catalog all of the ‘happenings’ in Sandwich. With that information centralized, promotion of these events will be streamlined to keep people informed on what will be happening throughout the community and what is planned for the future,” he said.

Olson said organizations planning events should be sure they do not conflict with events planned by other groups.

He said three council members, Cara Killey, Kevin Kelleher and Cheryl Chmielewski, and Police Chief Jim Bianchi attended the meeting.

Alderman Kelleher told council members that it was a good meeting with a lot of enthusiasm from the merchants compared with the previous meeting.

“I think we’re moving in a positive direction,” he said.

The next tourism meeting is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the council chambers of City Hall at 144 E. Railroad St. Olson said they welcome open discussion by everyone in attendance.

In other business Feb. 26, the council discussed but did not reach a final decision on whether to increase the number of Class K liquor licenses.

Olson said a Class K license, of which there are two in Sandwich, allows the sale of beer and wine. The license holder is also allowed to apply for a permit to have video gambling machines in the business, Olson said.

He said at least two other requests have been made for K licenses, and asked whether council members wanted to approve issuing them or postpone action until a later meeting.

Alderman Pete Dell said he would like to see the requests on the council agenda for a vote.

Olson said it would be placed on the council agenda for further discussion at the Monday, March 12, council meeting and referred for vote at the Monday, March 26, meeting.

A recommendation to adopt the 2015 edition of the national fire code also was on the agenda for discussion.

It had been discussed at a Committee of the Whole meeting and was presented to the council for approval, subject to a motion to waive first reading.

It was noted that work is being done on the police station and Alderman Richard Robinson asked if this would be affected if the new code was adopted.

Todd Steffens, city inspector, zoning officer and fire marshal, said this ordinance would have very little effect on the police station work because all the sprinkler and alarm systems are already installed.

He said he was not aware of anything in the plans that would be affected by the new code.

Steffens said this code is more for new buildings to be constructed, adding that it includes guidelines for sprinkler systems, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and similar items. These already exist in the police building, he said.

Council members concurred with Steffens’ recommendation to postpone adoption of the code until the next council meeting.

Council members also approved a request from Tom Horak, public works director, to buy a 2018 Ford F-150 truck from Gjovik Ford for $27,939 for the Public Works Department.

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