Goodman Pool a Go; Dejope Gets Liquor License

The Madison Common Council takes up a few long debated topics Tuesday night: the Dejope liquor license, funds for the Goodman pool, and panhandling.

The Goodman Pool is a go.

After an hour of discussion, the council voted 16 to 3 to increase the funding allotted in the capital budget to $4,850,000 million for pool construction.

That came in response to the contractor's bid, which was $1 million over budget.

With the increased funding the city will still be an expected $434,000 short. That money will have to be budgeted next year to complete the pool. It will be needed to pay for landscaping, bike racks, trash cans and other finishing touches.

Alders Zach Brandon and Larry Palm spoke out against the authorization of more money.

The groundbreaking deadline set by the Goodmans is July 1.

You will now be able to buy a beer when you play bingo.

The council unanimously agreed to grant the Ho-Chunk Nation a liquor license for the Dejope Bingo Hall.

The city's Alcohol License Review Committee voted to recommend the council grant the license last month.

One condition: smoking will not be allowed where alcohol is served.

The permit is effective immediately, but Dejope representatives say they're not going to work on a license implementation plan.

And the council approved tougher restrictions on panhandling city-wide, not just downtown.

The ordinance bans panhandling within 25 feet of an intersection or open sidewalk cafe, within 12 feet of a business or 20 feet of a business entrance, and within 50 feet of an ATM.

The council approved the panhandling ordinance unanimously without debate.

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