“It’s essential to carry us through the winter.”
Dennis Curtin, an attorney who works downtown, said he did not believe outdoor dining presented a safety issue.
“I think it has been quite a benefit to have these facilities be able to do that,” Curtin said.
Councilor Chris Jackson (D-Ward 6), who represents City Hall Place, said he supported outdoor dining, but as a compromise offered to amend McLean’s request from using four parking spaces to three.
The Pepper and Olive Ridley’s only use two parking spaces and Champlain Wine Company uses one.
The council voted 3 to 2 in favor of Jackson’s amendment, but it failed because four affirmative votes are required to approve any resolution. James Calnon (I-Ward 4) and Rabideau voted against the amendment.
Councilor Chris Case (D-Ward 5) was absent.
McLean’s request to use four parking spaces was approved by a 4 to 1 vote with Rabideau voting against it.
The requests from The Pepper and Olive Ridley’s were also approved by 4 to 1 votes.
Calnon said the city needs to look at ways of possibly expanding the sidewalks on City Hall Place so outdoor dining can be accommodated without disrupting parking spaces.
“We need to pursue some creative ways to rectify this situation,” he said.
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