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Wausau City Council overrides veto of sober serving ordinance

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WAUSAU (WAOW) - The Wausau City Council has overridden the mayor's veto of an ordinance requiring bartenders to be sober while working.

The 9 to 2 vote came down Tuesday evening at the council meeting. 

Earlier this month, the city council passed an ordinance saying servers could not have a blood alcohol content of more than 0.04 while working. But Mayor Jim Tipple vetoed the ordinance.

"I looked at it as a safety issue, a health and safety issue. It's kind of a last stand with people leaving the bars heavily intoxicated," said Carol Bronston of Wausau.

Bar owners were against the ordinance. At the meeting, they spoke against overriding the veto.

"I'm disappointed that the city council decided to overturn the veto,” said Tyler Vogt, co-owner of Malarkey's Pub in Wausau. “The veto would've allowed some public discussion. Instead, we decided to implement a law that has no implementation strategy or plan, and then we plan to amend it to try and uphold the new law that was passed without any plan to uphold it.”

But the council decided the law needs to stand.

 "They're going to go back to the drawing board and ask for public input for the businesses the servers that are affected," said Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple.

Some bar owners now say they don't know what to do next.

"I have absolutely no idea what to expect," said Vogt. "The law has no implementation. I don't know what to say to somebody."

The ordinance will take effect immediately.

"Resolutions come in various packages," said Tipple. "So if you can get some compromise, and I think you saw reaching out to get their input, which should've happened in the first place. It didn't but hey we're still going to get it. So at the end of the day I think it'll be a win win. They'll have their input and we'll listen to them." 

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