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Council votes to keep New World new liquor license in tact

As far as alcohol, it's going to be business as usual for the New World Sports Lounge 2 in Waterloo.

The Waterloo Police Department recommended the Waterloo City Council take away the establishment's liquor license, due to numerous calls for service at the bar's Riehl Street location.  

Safety Services Director, Dan Trelka, told a large crowd gathered inside the Council Chambers that his department answered 135 calls for service to New World in the past 12 months. Chief

Trelka said 78 of those calls were what he called ‘trouble calls." ,Trelka added, The way those calls broke down was that out of those 78 trouble calls, 54 of them were called in by neighbors or the Police Department, and half of those calls resulted in a warning, arrest or a citation."

Several dozen New World supporters turned out at the Monday night City Council meeting to urge the City Council to keep New World's liquor license in place.

The Council voted 4-2 to reject the motion to deny the liquor license. That set up a motion by Councilman Quentin Hart to approve a one year liquor license for New World. That motion passed, 4-2, with Cole and Schmitt voted ‘no.'

Some New World supporters said the larger problem has to do the numerous liquor stores in the Broadway Street corridor. New World owner, Tawanda Hacket, told the Council she didn't think her business should be held responsible for everything which happens outside the bard and grill.



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