Council turns down liquor-license request

BY DI STAFF | JANUARY 18, 2010 7:30 AM

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The Iowa City City Council denied a request for a new liquor license from the former owner of a troubled Iowa City bar.

Heather German, the former owner of Los Cocos, 1921 Keokuk St., had hoped to open new bar Sidelines at the intersection of Gilbert and Burlington Streets.

The City Council decided to honor Iowa City Police Chief Sam Hargadine’s recommendation of denial because of German’s outstanding court fees and banking debt.

Once she pays off her debt, she is free to submit a new application, said Iowa City Mayor Matt Hayek.

German paid her outstanding $55 court fee, and she is on a payment plan for her banking debt, but under the law, a judgment is still on file until it is paid in full, Hayek said.

The state statute that guides Hargadine in his decisions regarding liquor-license requests specifically references financial stability.

— by Kathryn Stinson

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