Committee approves rec club entertainment license, but with concerns

Yolanda Green-DeRosier applied for a public entertainment license for the Children’s Recreational Club DF8, located at 3010 Roosevelt Road.

Her husband appeared on her behalf at the Licensing & Permit Committee Meeting Monday.

DeRosier answered questions from the committee about the couple’s business plan. The activities held at the club include comedy shows, bands, Teen Nights, kids’ dances, talent shows, etc. On the weekends, the club rents out the hall for birthday parties, weddings, etc.

Alderperson Ray Misner, chairman of the committee, said he would like to see that the business is successful; however, he has his reservations on the alcohol. He would like to hear that alcohol will not be a part of the business at all. Misner wanted him to support one or the other: the kids or the banquet hall. Of course, Misner said, that city officials don’t want vacant buildings in the city, but, they also don’t want alcohol associated with children.

Police Chief  John Morrissey said that he believes that Steve Bostrom, the alderperson of the district, was opposed to this establishment having anything to do with alcohol.

Alderperson Larry Green also stated that he can support the application, but not the alcohol.  “I’m getting the wrong feeling from you, ‘trying’ no alcohol, and then reverting back if that didn’t work,” Green said. He expressed his concern about the alcohol being present (even if locked up) and the kids.

The Committee voted 3 to 1 to support the application for the kids’ activities, unless issues are reported. Again, the committee expressed strong opposition to alcohol at this business. Alderperson Patrick Juliana voted no on the application.

This item will be on the agenda for the Common Council meeting next Monday, April 18, for final approval.

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