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RULE ON ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION EASED

The Common Council on Tuesday night passed two resolutions that will ease restrictions on drinking alcohol in city parks.

By a vote of 7-1, the council waived the open container law for residents who participate in adult softball and baseball leagues in Marcus Park.

League participants will be allowed to possess open containers of alcoholic beverages only when youth baseball and softball leagues are not using other parts of the park, said Common Council President Gary Jones.

Alderman Kathy Searles was the only the Council member to vote against the resolution. "I don't think alcoholic beverages should be allowed in city parks," she said after the meeting. "It doesn't set a good example for children."

The Council unanimously passed a resolution that prohibits disposal of glass beverage containers in all city parks. Beer bottles will not be permitted, but city residents may bring glass wine and liquor containers into the parks for picnics approved by the parks department.

Jones said the resolution was adopted because the city had problems in the past with children intentionally breaking bottles in parks.

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