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Council enacts a stronger ban on use of alcoholic beverages

An amended and more comprehensive ban on alcoholic beverages on public lands was enacted Monday by the City Council.

It echoes a ban imposed last month on tobacco products in parks.

The major change in a local law that had always banned liquor and beer in the city's nine parks is that the prohibition has been extended to cover picnic areas and pavilions. Special permission for a family outing, fair or community event would be needed to bring in alcoholic beverages.

Last month, the Council banned smoking in all areas of the parks, including Dwyer Stadium and the Falleti Ice area and adjacent skate park. Warnings, but no fines, would be imposed.

The beverage ban, however, carries a $250 fine or 15 days imprisonment, or both, for each offense.

The Council also approved an application for up to $50,000 in funds for repairs and improvements to the historic former City Hall. The mid-19th century Federal-style structure is part of a historic triangle that includes the 1840s Courthouse.

The building, once the Brisbane family mansion, served as City Hall from 1917. When a new municipal office was erected in 2004 in the nearby Genesee Country Mall, the building at 10 W. Main St. was converted to Police Headquarters, which had been crowded into a part of the structure.

The funds would come from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.