- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio city has moved closer to allowing an outdoor drinking district in the city, but supporters will have to show how they plan to pay for extra sanitation and security services.

Commissioners in Dayton asked in May for a resolution to set policies that regulate the application and approval process of districts that allow people to carry open containers of alcohol in public, the Dayton Daily News reported (https://bit.ly/1GH0EZV).

If an area is approved, it will be subject to annual reviews and license revocation for violations, similar to the terms of a liquor license.

The move comes after Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a law that allows cities of Dayton’s size to create two outdoor drinking districts that are exempt from the state’s open-container laws.

City officials said the review process will seek input from stakeholders and ensure that the district’s organizers have a plan to pay for policing and clean up.

“This isn’t just flipping a light switch on and off,” said City Manager Warren Price. “We’re trying to get applicants to understand some of the issues that are associated with this.”

The new state law requires applicants to submit a map of any new proposed district that identifies its boundaries, to describe the businesses in the area and to show that the zoning and land use align.

After obtaining input from city departments, neighborhood groups and others, applicants will have to submit an implementation plan that spells out what sanitation and security measures they will use to address trash and safety issues.

Petitions will be reviewed by staff from police, law, planning, economic development and public works departments, said Dayton city planner Tony Kroeger.

Officials said outdoor drinking districts will need: signage that clarifies their boundaries, costing about $30; additional litter and recycling containers, costing between $9,000 to $18,000; and road closures typically requiring 20 street barricades at $500 each.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, https://www.daytondailynews.com

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