The Lincoln County Commissioners approved a second liquor license Monday for Pals Brewing, a new micro-brewery that will open on the southwest corner of town.Previously, the commissioners approved a license for Pals to serve beer. This time, they recommended the state approve a Class 1 liquor license, which will allow the sale of liquor and wine too.
The recommendations are before the Nebraska Liquor Commission. The commission is expected to ultimately issue the licenses.
Pals owner Paul Oettinger told the commissioners he recognizes that not everyone appreciates a beer, and as hard as it is for him to believe personally, some people prefer a glass of wine or a cocktail.
Oettinger added that he knows of no other liquor licenses in the city south of I-80. While their might be reservations or objections, he said some people enjoy a drink, which is not against the law.
No one else spoke at the public hearing.
After brief discussion, the commissioners voted 2-0 to recommend the license. Joe Hewgley abstained because his firm did architectural work for the brewery.
In other business, the commissioners:
• Set a time and date to hear the one- and six-year road plans – 10 a.m. Feb. 13.
• Called a repairman to look at the heating controls after it did not respond when the temperature setting was increased.
• Acknowledged receipt of proposed zoning requirements near the North Platte Regional Airport/Lee Bird Field, and the proposed repeal of the current zoning rules. Lincoln County Deputy Attorney Joe Wright said the new rules will bring the county into better compliance with state laws. The next step is to hold public hearings to consider the repeal and the new rules.
• Approved special liquor permits for a wedding rehearsal dinner and receptions on June 9-10 at Paulman Farms, and on Sept. 23 at Harbor Lights. Aden Enterprises of the Longhorn Bar applied for the permits.
• Heard a quarterly report from Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Brandon Myers.
• Heard an annual report from Noxious Weed Superintendent Todd Herndon.