Village of Swanton Takes First Steps to Establish Downtown DORA

In a move requested and supported by several Swanton business owners, the Swanton Village Council has agreed to initiate action to develop a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA).  The process began when the Council unanimously approved Resolution 2022-XX, authorizing the Village Administrator to take the necessary steps for a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) for certain property located in the Village of Swanton, Fulton County, Ohio.  Prior to the vote, Mayor Neil Toeppe sent a letter address to the Council members.  The letter read, in part:

The Office of the Mayor for the Village of Swanton in Fulton County, Ohio respectfully submits this application to the Village Council of Swanton, Ohio to approve and establish a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA), pursuant to Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 4301.82.

The Office of the Mayor is requesting that Village Council pass a new ordinance, pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 4301.82, to create such Designated Outdoor Refreshment Areas (DORA) in Swanton.

This proposal will help benefit Swanton businesses, residents, and property owners within the area both culturally and economically. The Swanton DORA would provide that any person of legal age who is carrying an opened container of beer, wine or intoxicating liquor within the established DORA limits that has been purchased from an establishment within said limit be exempt from Ohio’s Open Container Law.

These drinks shall only be served in a plastic cup with a sticker approved by the Village. No other container will be permitted. The Office of the Mayor looks forward to working with Village Council in creating the Swanton DORA.

 Please let us know if you have any questions about our petition, or if we can be of further assistance as you examine the possibilities of this new and exciting endeavor for the residents and visitors of Swanton.

As Mayor Toeppe pointed out during the August 22nd Council meeting, the Resolution, a course of action recommended by the Village Solicitor, does not establish the DORA, but does allow the Administrator to research the requirements to enact future legislation to establish the DORA.  Furthermore, there would be a Public Hearing before any DORA-relation legislation would become law.  At his time, a defined perimeter for the DORA has not been determined but it expected to include the downtown area and several establishments that serve alcohol.

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