Wed., 7:03am: Timberlanes seeks liquor permit

SALEM -City council won’t be objecting to a liquor permit transfer to Timberlanes from RGS Inc., a business in Sandusky.

Council Clerk Debbie Bricker reported to council members Tuesday that she received the liquor permit transfer request from the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control.

Council members had to indicate whether they wanted a hearing to state any objections, which they did not.

Liquor control routinely notifies the city of new liquor permit applications or transfers for businesses inside the city, giving the city a chance to ask for a hearing. The city doesn’t have any power to approve or disapprove a liquor permit, but the officials are given an opportunity to request a hearing if they want to object to one.

Timberlanes owner Brooke Pidgeon, who purchased the hotel, lounge, restaurant and banquet facility in July 2012, had first approached the city in September 2012 for support for his attempt to secure a liquor license through an economic development transfer, known as TREX.

State statute allows a liquor license to be transferred from another part of the state for economic development purposes when a regular transfer of ownership or new liquor permit isn’t available.

City council had given its blessing then for a letter of the city’s support to be sent by Mayor John Berlin. The previous license for the business had lapsed without being renewed after the once popular eatery closed in 2009. It was said previously that the reopening of Timberlanes could create jobs and tax revenue for the city.

Since purchasing the business, Pidgeon has been working to get it reopened, with the securing of a liquor permit a key ingredient. The application is for a D5 permit for spiritous liquor for on premises consumption only, beer, wine and mixed beverages for on premises, or off premises in original sealed containers, until 2:30 a.m.