Bar owners plan push for later hours

The push is on to push back bar hours in Lincoln.

About 40 bar owners attended Monday's city council meeting to speak during the public comment period and show support for changing closing time from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The only problem, Council Chair John Spatz says, is having that many people talk could possibly violate open meetings law and they should come back when it's a topic of discussion.  he told the group, “I don't want you to leave thinking we don't want to hear from you.  It's in your best interest and ours if we don't address this in public comment period.  If we did that and somebody objected, the courts could rule any action we took could be void.”

The owner of Duffy's in Lincoln, Scott Hatfield, says,  “we're hopeful the council will adopt a 2 a.m. ordinance.  It's already happened in Omaha and we see traffic going up and back from there because you can stay out later.

Spatz invited anyone interested in the bar closing time issue to come to the city council chambers Thursday night at 8 p.m.  They'll have a public discussion at that time.