Liquor licenses and dogs get go ahead in council

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September 28th, 2011

Omaha, NE- Liquor sales and dog owners got a boost Tuesday at the Omaha City Council.

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Eleven local businesses were on the docket to either have their liquor licenses approved, changed or moved yesterday; not uncommon for a typical City Council session. And of those eleven licenses, CVS Pharmacy had three up for approval. One location, still under construction at 49th and Dodge street, drew criticism outside City Hall last year.

Councilman Chris Jerram said opposing constituents of Dundee would be pleased with a restriction on single-sale liquor. (Photo by Lindsey Peterson)

Some Dundee residents were opposed the construction and now oppose the liquor license. The concern of some constituents, according to Council member Chris Jerram, was predominantly single sales.

Single sales include individual cans or bottles of beer and smaller bottles of wine and liquor. But CVS says it won’t sell single-sale bottles or cans, and Jerram says those constituents prefer that cooperation.

“We have an applicant who’s willing to voluntarily restrict their license to address what is probably the most pressing problem in the inner city in regards to alcohol sales,” said Jerram during the hearing.

All three package liquor licenses were approved. Councilman Pete Festersen was the only “no” vote for the 49th and Dodge street location.

The Omaha City Council unanimously approved funding for Omaha's second dog park on Tuesday. (Photo by Lindsey Peterson)

Also in Midtown, a new dog park got the okay. Council members unanimously approved funding construction of the park at 32nd and Woolworth Avenue within Hanscom Park.The effort was applauded by the city council as members praised Councilman Garry Gernandt for his part in establishing a partnership, which shares funding between the city and private sector.

Down at the only leash-free dog park in Omaha, located on 112th and Maple street, I stopped by to speak with dog owners to get their thoughts on the new park. There, I met Jake Baumann, the owner of an American Pit Bull named Domino.

“It’s good social time for the dog, I think it’s help them be around other animals and people; especially with his breed, he has a bad rap.”

Baumann is new to the dog park and said so far, he enjoys it. He says dog parks give owners of controversial breeds, like his, a chance to show a better side of their pets. Baumann thinks more parks like this one, are positive for Omaha.

Dog owner Jake Baumann has just begun taking his dog, Domino, to the dog park. (Photo by Lindsey Peterson)

“I think it’s good for the dogs, good for the people, good for the area,” he said.

Dog owner Pat Bostwick says she comes to the park at least three times a week with her Boxer named Dempsey. “It’s just fun to see all the dogs play together…it’s just nice to meet people. It’s fun to just see the dogs play and just act like children,” said Bostwick.

But with unleashed, playful pets comes risk. Soon after speaking with Bostwick, a dog fight erupted between a Great Dane and a small Golden Retriever. Both owners were bitten, one bleeding heavily from her hand, while trying to pull the dogs apart. But the fight didn’t seem to deter the other dog owners, most stayed in the same area.

According to the Omaha Dog Park website, owners assume all risks when bringing their pet to the park. The site encourages owners to be mindful of aggressive pets and to leash and remove trouble canines if asked by other park patrons. The same rules, or “petiquette” as it’s called on the website, will be expected by doggie patrons and their owners at the new Hanscom Park location.

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