Swanton takes next step for DORA

Public hearing scheduled

By Drew Stambaugh - [email protected]

Most of the proposed DORA would be on Main Street in Swanton.

Most of the proposed DORA would be on Main Street in Swanton.

Swanton Village Council members agreed last week to take the next step toward creating a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) in the village.

A DORA allows visitors aged 21 and older to consume alcoholic beverages outdoors and in participating businesses within the area’s boundaries, during designated hours, and according to DORA rules.

Mayor Neil Toeppe gave a rundown at the Sept. 26 Council meeting on the steps taken so far in creation of the DORA.

“For a couple years, Swanton’s small business owners group has been thinking about this and trying to figure out how to accomplish a DORA,” he said.

Swanton initially did not have enough liquor permit holders, said Toeppe. But earlier this year, the state reduced the number of permit holders needed to two, for communities with a population under 50,000.

After that changed, a proposal was submitted to the mayor, who in turn is required to submit it to Council. Swanton currently has three qualified permit holders in the proposed DORA area — Benfield Wines, Hub’s and the VFW Post.

Toeppe said he has spoken with leaders of other Northwest Ohio communities that have DORAs and none expressed any concerns or major issues.

“There are a lot of Ohio Revised Code (ORC) sections that will have to be complied with if we were to establish a DORA as far as public safety, boundaries, signage, public service sanitation, a lot of those issues,” said Toeppe.

The proposal has been reviewed by the village solicitor.

Last Monday, Sept. 26, Council agreed to move forward with a DORA. Notice of Council’s intent to act on the creation of a DORA will be published in the newspaper to alert the public.

They also agreed to hold a public hearing. It will be held Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at 219 Chestnut St.

The proposed site of the DORA is mostly along Main Street from St. Clair St. to near Church Street. It would also extend east down Zeiter Way and Chestnut Street.

The full DORA proposal, including a map, is available on the Village of Swanton website under pending legislation.

Also at the meeting, Village Administrator Shannon Shulters told Council that she is working with Mike Remer on again holding a 5K along with the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Pilliod Park. She also suggested the possibility of combining the tree lighting and Christmas in Swanton to the same day in future years.

Mayor Toeppe also read a Red Ribbon Week proclamation at the Council meeting. Red Ribbon Week this year is Oct. 23-31.

Most of the proposed DORA would be on Main Street in Swanton.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2022/10/web1_Benfield-Downtown.jpgMost of the proposed DORA would be on Main Street in Swanton.
Public hearing scheduled

By Drew Stambaugh

[email protected]

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010