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Aldermen OK new liquor license for Geneva chamber’s festivals

GENEVA – The Geneva Chamber of Commerce will now be able to get one liquor license to cover five festivals in a year, as aldermen approved a new classification of license Monday.

Aldermen acting as the committee of the whole unanimously recommended approval of the amendment to its liquor code, creating the Class E-6 Geneva Chamber of Commerce Liquor License.

The City Council must take final action before the amendment goes into effect.

The chamber will sponsor a craft beer garden, new to this year’s Swedish Days festival in June, so the chamber asked for a change to accommodate a new license classification. 

This new liquor classification was proposed to accommodate the sale and consumption of wine and beer at events during festivals sponsored by the chamber, officials said. 

The new classification will allow for the retail sale of beer and/or wine by the chamber in connection with city festivals.

The license is good for a maximum of five festivals during any fiscal year and only by the chamber. It will cost $100 a festival, according to the amendment.

“The new liquor license is basically like a package,” said 1st Ward Alderman Mike Bruno, acting as mayor pro tem during Mayor Kevin Burns’ absence. “Since they’re so active. It streamlines things a lot in terms of them not having to appear continually” for each festival. 

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