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Plano City Council rejects liquor license request

The Plano City Council voted 4-2 Nov. 26 to deny a request for a liquor license for a proposed new restaurant on Route 34 in the city.

Steve Kapas has proposed opening the restaurant. At a prior council meeting, Kapas said his 81-year-old mother would own and operate the restaurant, which would need a license to serve liquor with meals. Kapas owns the building.

Before a vote was taken, Alderman Steve DeBolt asked about opening the restaurant without a liquor license.

Mayor Bob Hausler, who also is in charge of issuing liquor licenses, said everything must be in place before they can open the restaurant and serve liquor.

City Attorney Tom Grant said the council would have to approve increasing the number of Class E licenses to three from the present two.

When a vote was held to increase the Class E licenses, it failed by a 4-2 vote.

Voting in favor of the increase were Aldermen Scott Mulliner and Tommy Johns. Opposed were Aldermen Stephen DeBolt, Jamal Williams, Barb Nadeau, and Ben Eaton.

Absent were Aldermen Bob Jones and Mike Rennels.

When asked about the vote, the mayor said it surprised him.

"But I believe that once the building permit issue is addressed, I feel the council will be more likely to approve adding another Class E license. However, the council approving an additional license does not guarantee that the applicant receives a license. All of the items that I mentioned at the meeting have to be completed before a license is issued," he said, referring to Kapas meeting the requirements to open a restaurant.

Hausler did not know when the request might be presented to the council again.

Snow plowing contractors rehired

In other business, the council agreed to renew contracts with two local firms that provide snow plowing services for the city.

Both firms, Niles Excavating and Thom Gravel and Excavation, agreed to keep their fees the same as they have been for the past several years. Their rates for a four-wheel-drive truck with plow are $103 per hour for regular time, $128 for overtime and $153 for double time. The rates for a dump truck with an 11-foot plow are $110 regular time, $135 for overtime and $161 for double time.

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