WARREN Council to consider legislation on liquor permits, safety panel

The safe streets commission would address community concerns.
WARREN -- City council will meet in special session at 4 p.m. Monday in council chambers to consider legislation that would notify the Ohio Division of Liquor Control of council's objection to the renewal of liquor sales permits for three convenience stores raided last week and an ordinance to expand membership of the city's neighborhood block watch, Safe Streets Inc. Commission.
The three businesses raided by police and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency are Austin Beverage, Fast Lane and Amoco Gas & amp; Co., all on West Market Street.
The Safe Streets ordinance would expand the commission from seven to nine members appointed by the mayor and confirmed by a majority of council.
Members proposed
One member would be appointed from the police department, one would be the director of public safety and service or his designee, one would be from council, and four members would be appointed at large.
One member would be appointed from the fire department and one would be the deputy health commissioner or his designee.
Also, it would, effective Oct. 1, establish a 25-member committee to assist the commission, which would address quality-of-life issues throughout the city from crime to high grass.
Twenty-one members of that committee will be appointed by the council president on the recommendation of members of council. Four committee members would be appointed by the mayor.
Committee members must be confirmed by a majority of commission members.

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