Lansing City Council Considers Controversial Proposal Tonight
The Lansing City Council tonight could be deciding an issue that some think will send a bad message to children. At issue is whether a local sports complex--that caters to youth leagues--should be able to sell alcohol.
The Lansing State Journal is reporting today that members will be considering a request by owners of the Hope Sports Complex to allow for the sales to increase revenues.
The Lansing-based Mid-Michigan Sports Turf LLC took over management of the facility last year investing more than a million dollars to renovate the building and its fields. They claim allowing for the sale of alcoholic beverages would help them to not only re-coop their investment but generate money to make the venture worthwhile.
"Folks that come to these venues are responsible and have a drink to relax and enjoy a meal while waiting. It is not a destination bar for folks to come and get rowdy," said Julie Mullin, general manager of the complex.
While Lansing Mayor Virg Bernaro supports the idea to raise money for other improvements down the road, others, like Lansing City Councilwoman Carol Wood aren't so quick to jump on the bandwagon.
"I am thinking about what is best for Lansing, and what is best for the youth in Lansing. We alrady have a smoke-free environment thre. If we are talking about being role models for children, we should also be looking at that."