“We have to be fair,” he said.
Councilor James Calnon (I-Ward 4) said outdoor dining attracts people to the street.
“The strength of this may be that people wind up looking at the other businesses and noticing them,” he said.
Councilor Mark Tiffer (D-Ward 2) said City Hall Place is probably better suited for pedestrians in the summer than vehicles.
“Downtown is perfectly made for pedestrians with the wider sidewalks,” he said. “We focus too much on cars. People should get out and walk, and that brings energy downtown.”
The council will vote on the restaurant owners’ requests at tonight’s meeting, which begins with a work session at 5 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 5:30 p.m.
Both are open to the public.
Mayor Donald Kasprzak said he expects the requests will be granted.
“I am pleased with the balance we have and the changes that have been made over the years, and I think we’ve seen a transition that has been very positive,” he said.
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