Maryville Council Looks at Other Alcohol Policies

Maryville Council Looks at Other Alcohol Policies

With bars soon banning minors in Maryville, city leaders are concerned about house parties and making sure they don't get out of control.
(MARYVILLE, Mo.) Getting minors out of Maryville bars was just the first step in a comprehensive alcohol plan for the community.

"We first considered an adjustment of the bar entry age,"said Maryville Mayor Jim Wall. "We figured that would have some ramifications that we would need to address also."

With minors no longer allowed in the bars starting this summer, there's a concern there will be more house parties.

City leaders want to stop problems before they start and change its ordinance on nuisance parties.

"It's to be able to help control larger gatherings," Wall said.

The city wants to define what a nuisance party is with a 12 point checklist that includes fighting, property damage, littering and indecent exposure among other items.

"Our intention is to educate and promote responsibile behavior rather than seeing how many people we can arrest or how many tickets we can write. That's not where we're going," Wall said.

Maryville's City Council looked at the proposed ordinance at its meeting Monday but didn't act.

"Slow it down and make sure we have all the questions answered and the intentions of the ordinances and to make sure a variety of stakeholders, not just students, but taxpayers, property owners and so on really understand the intention of what we are trying to do," said Northwest Missouri State University President John Jasinski.

"The idea is being promoted by some opposition that it's going to become a kicking in doors kind of operation. That's not our intention at all," Wall said.

But Northwest's president wants to make sure that the new laws are right for Maryville.

"Every community is different," Jasinski said. "Making sure all of the policies are understood and put together in the right way for the City of Maryville."

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