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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Legislative Matters to Discuss Liquor Licenses and Trane's Nuisance Ordinance

The Legislative Matters Committee will meet this evening at 6pm in City Hall to discuss approval of a Home Rule Petition authorizing the increase of the number of liquor licenses that the Licensing Commission may issue, as well as, ordaining Ward 7 Alderman Bob Trane's Nuisance Control Ordinance.

In an effort to assist Somerville in "creating their own destiny," Mayor Joe Curtatone along with the City Solicitor have finalized a home rule petition authorizing the increase of the number of liquor licenses that the City of Somerville Licensing Commission may issue. If approved, this would assist in leveling the playing field within the restaurant scene in the city. This is Legislative File #191788 and is the first item on the agenda.

Legislative File #191924 is the second item on the agenda and states, "That this Board of Aldermen approve a Nuisance Control Ordinance to protect the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the City of Somerville. This ordinance should permit the City to impose liability on property owners and other responsible persons for the nuisances and harm caused by loud and/or unruly gatherings on private property and shall prohibit the consumption of alcoholic beverages by underage persons at such gatherings." This was submitted by Ward 7 Alderman Bob Trane at the August 25th Board of Alderman meeting where it was recommended for committee. Trane is aiming to get the attention of absentee landlords who continue to rent to unruly tenants.

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