Slideways restaurant initially received an Alcohol Beverage permit from the City in December 2014. In 2017, Slideways turned in its license, as circumstances caused them to cease dinner service for a period as required in our city ordinance. Slideways has since returned to serving 2 meals per day and has applied for a new license. All departmental reports have been received, appropriate advertising has been completed, and staff has no questions or major concerns with this application. City Manager and Staff recommends approval.
In 2017, City Council directed staff to pursue the purchase of two vehicle mounted License Plate Readers (LPR's). The enhanced value to our team is the Vigilant system allows officers to check the driver of a target vehicle at a push of a button, rather than logging onto a different system, which could save valuable time. Staff conducted testing and evaluation of three different systems and selected Vigilant Solutions as the vendor, due to the system's capabilities. The cost is $42,670.00 for the hardware and $4,200 annually for the software, starting in 2019.
The first system is to be paid through General Funds, and has been budgeted in this current fiscal year, and the second, is to be paid through the Drug Forfeiture Account. The quote is included in the packet..
With the growing presence Hapeville and the popularity of attractions within it, the City is receiving more frequent requests for the use of Jess Lucas Park. The City has a standard practice of allowing rental of the Gazebo area, with a limit of 75 persons. We are getting more requests from people with the desire to secure the entire park. Groups requesting to use the park have generally come directly to Council with requests. With the use of the park comes additional factors the City must consider, among other items, staffing for security, cleanup, grounds maintenance, pricing etc.
Staff requests direction from Council regarding whether Jess Lucas should become a venue open to the public to rent, or whether the City prefers to keep the park open for public enjoyment. Should we choose to open the venue to rent, City staff will begin documenting a formalized process for park rental.
At this time, the Mayor opens the floor to comments from the audience. Comments should relate to a specific agenda item, not listed on the agenda for a Public Hearing, or to a concern within the jurisdiction of the City. Mayor and Council meetings serve the purpose of conducting city business and are not a forum for the unlimited expression of opinion. The Mayor reserves the right to limit comments to matters germane to city business and may refer speakers to the City Manager or other staff for resolution.