Lincoln City Council in repeal mode

As businesses look to expand and change, so must the city's municipal code.

For weeks the Lincoln City Council has been discussing getting rid of a 1949 ordinance that banned unaccompanied minors ages 15 and younger from being anywhere with a liquor license after 9 p.m.

With a 7-0 vote on Monday, it finally became a reality.

“It really doesn't mean that we're not concerned about alcohol issues,” council chair, Carl Eskridge, said. “Especially for those who are underage or over served.”

This ensures Marcus Theatres will be able to move forward with its already approved liquor license for its Lincoln Grand location.

But, that's not the only ordinance more than a half-century old that looks to be gone. City Attorney, Rod Confer, is proposing eliminating a trampoline park ban that dates back to 1960.

“The ordinance doesn't make sense anymore because of the way trampoline centers are run in the 21st Century,” Confer said. 

According to the Speedway Sporting Village website, Defy Gravity is planning on opening a location in a new sports complex going up just southwest of 9th and Van Dorn.

The company already has a location in La Vista and its owner, Brandon Dallmann, expects the Lincoln location to be up and running by November of December.

“We're really excited to open up a location in our hometown,” Dallmann said. “And it's not just a trampoline park, it's going to be so much more than that.”

Confer told the city council that trampoline parks can be adequately regulated with the existing building codes. It'll officially vote on the repeal at next Monday's meeting.

The 55-acre Speedway Sporting Village will also be home to an indoor basketball facility and ten outdoor soccer fields.