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Woodin Nikel owner to appeal liquor revocation
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Woodin Nikel owner Ace Amerson is shown above. - photo by Herald File

            Today at 9 a.m., the city council will entertain a motion to schedule a hearing on the alcohol license revocation of the Orient Express - more commonly known as the Woodin Nikel.

            In a letter to the council dated September 14, Clyde "Ace" Amerson's legal representation, Hal Roach Jr., simply states that he would appeal the decision.

            The license was taken when the Alcohol Control Board voted 4-2 to revoke it during a meeting at the end of August. After the meeting, when asked if he would appeal the decision, Amerson said, "I'm not. I told the board I'd abide by their decision and I'll take it like a man."

            In other council business, the city is seeking to increase the fees for water service by two percent, in order to offset the effects of inflation. They will also seek an increase in tap  fees to offset the actual costs to the city.

            Also, the council will call a public hearing to consider a request by the First United Methodist Church to close off the portion of Walnut Street between West Cherry and West Bulloch Streets. If approved, the church would be required to purchase the property from the city at a value determined by an independent appraiser. The city's engineering department does not endorse closing the street due to the current usage patterns and the utilities currently in use under the road.

            Other items on the agenda include zoning and platting requests, a resolution pertaining to the 2008 city budget and an item regarding the disposal of city property and vehicles.

            The city council meets today at city hall starting at 9 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

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