Late-night safety proposal for Louisville businesses passes Metro Council committee | New

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Keeping Louisville safe after midnight is the goal of new guidelines for any business that has last call for alcohol near dawn.

The 18-page public safety guidance document was presented to the Metro Council’s public safety committee on Wednesday.

Subway Councilwoman Cassie Chambers Armstrong, D-8, said the focus on late-night safety came after a series of incidents last summer on Bardstown Road.

“We all got together and thought, ‘What can we do to learn from each other and from each other’s cities,'” Chambers Armstrong said.

Armstrong said bar owners in his district have joined with town halls to figure out how to protect customers, bartenders and people on the streets.

“And it’s really important as we head into the summer that we, as the elected body of the metropolitan government, show that we are committed to public safety and our late night security issues,” said she declared.

The order before the committee requires Louisville Forward to produce a report detailing best practices for promoting public safety for nighttime businesses.

The ordinance does not create or require rules or regulations for establishments serving alcohol between midnight and 4 a.m.

It is a set of guidelines and recommendations aimed at creating a safer environment. Chambers Armstrong said it was a collaboration between his office, Alcohol Beverage Control, the Louisville Metro Police Department and stakeholders in the late-night business community.

Emphasis is on security, recommending one guard for every 50 customers. The package also calls for staff trained in conflict de-escalation, ID verification, queue management and sexual assault prevention.

Louisville Metro Council Halls on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. (Photo WDRB)

A few other highlights include indoor and outdoor lighting, free phone charging stations, machines that can retain data for up to a month, and customer support.

In text provided to WDRB News, Kevin Strnatka, owner of Baxter’s 942, said he “basically agreed with the plan” but had some comments. He said his bar already has free charging stations, everyone is ID verified, they use metal detectors, limit the number of drinks served at a time and equip security staff with equipment. Communication.

Strnatka said he wanted to know more about sexual assault training courses. He also pointed out that maintaining security footage for a month would be costly.

At Wednesday’s council meeting, Paula McCraney, D-7, said she agreed with the intent of the order, but disagreed with ordering Louisville Forward write a safety plan.

“I’m going to stick to my standard of not suggesting a particular department, mandating a department, doing something,” McCraney said.

“I think it’s common sense, and the department that would be asked to do that is actually supportive and has been working on the project,” Chambers Armstrong said.

Ultimately, the ordinance passed the committee by a 3-2 vote and now moves to the full council.

If the Metro Council votes “yes,” Louisville Forward would have 90 days to draft a finalized guidance document that would be distributed to all late-night businesses serving alcohol.

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