During its March 26 meeting, the Westfield City Council passed a resolution establishing a Riverfront License Review Committee, 7-0. The committee, consisting of Economic Development Director Matt Skelton, a city council member and a citizen, will work together to determine which entities receive a liquor license in the newly established Riverfront District in downtown Westfield and near the U.S. 31 and Ind. 32 intersection.
Council member Cindy Spoljaric suggested a different configuration to the committee, consisting of two council members, Skelton and a citizen from the community.
“I have been getting some comments from folks in the downtown. They’re kind of a little bit scared of the future and not knowing if they have any control,” Spoljaric said. “Maybe I was thinking personally it would make sense to have two councilors with Matt, one with downtown jurisdiction and one at-large to have representation in that regard.”
The council did not add Spoljaric’s request to the resolution and instead went with three on the committee.
“The reason it’s structured this way is because the only other body we have that performs this (type of) function is also structured this way,” Skelton said. “The economic development permits are administered through the city as well, and that body is set up exactly the same way as this resolution.”
A council member and a citizen have not yet been named. The citizen will be appointed by the mayor.
“The change was not something I was willing to die on a hill or anything for. It was just something I thought would be helpful,” Spoljaric said.
For more about the Riverfront Development Area, visit youarecurrent.com/2018/03/27/a-hospitable-city-council-approves-ordinance-due-to-grand-park-attraction-residents-raise-concern/.