CONNELLSVILLE – A resident questioned why the city needed another establishment in its borders that sells alcohol.

“How many more (liquor licenses) do we need?” asked Peter Jandura during a hearing on the request for Pechin’s to transfer its liquor license from the former Firehouse Restaurant in Dunbar Township to the Zia Maria’s location in Connellsville.

He again commented during council’s monthly meeting, saying the city was rampant with crime and drugs, and a corrupt government. However, Mayor Greg Lincoln and several council members pointed out that much of what was said was inaccurate or just a complete fallacy.

While giving his police department report, Chief Bill Hammerle dispelled some of Jandura’s characterization of the city.

“He painted a picture of the city as under siege,” said Hammerle. “That’s not the way I see it. It looks to me like we are winning this battle.”

Councilman Ethan Keedy, himself a restaurant owner, said the option of being able to serve beer or wine represents a way for business owners to increase sales. Keedy said he supported the liquor license transfer.

Jandura was the only person to offer comment on the license transfer, which will be voted on at a later time.

In other business, council:

n Adopted an ordinance to require the registration of vacant properties that do not have utilities turned on

n Adopted a measure to approve posting all city ordinances on the city’s website

n Approved an agreement with First Energy to abandon a section of South Sixth Street

n Permitted Lincoln to sign off on all state Department of Transportation-related documents for a mural project on behalf of the city

n Permitted Roger Suter and Sons Inc. to purchase two wreaths to be hung on Officer McCray Robb Bridge during the Christmas season and authorized the public works department to help hang the wreaths, pending review and approval from PennDOT.

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