Board to introduce item about extending bar hours to 2 a.m.

At tonight's meeting of city council, the alderpersons will introduce an item concerning whether or not to extend bar hours within the city limits to 2 a.m.

Algean Caldwell appeared before the council at the last meeting to suggest they consider extending the hours for night clubs inside the city limits.

"It's causing night club owners within city limits to lose money because they must close at midnight as opposed to counterparts outside the city limits who can close at 2 a.m.," Caldwell said.

Caldwell made the argument that this might encourage new businesses to open, but any business opening would have to adhere to strict health-code and licensing requirements and only a few would actually be allowed to open. He added that bigger businesses will be looking at the town's social/night life.

The council decided to first discuss specifications for security concerning the matter as well as the additional hours going into a written document to be introduced at tonight's meeting and voted on at the following meeting.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. tonight in the City Hall courtroom. There will be an opportunity for public comments as they relate to items on the agenda.