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WAUSAU (WAOW) - The Wausau City Council has decided to keep alcohol rules for bartenders as they are.

That's part of a new ordinance requiring those serving alcohol to stay near sober.

The city council voted 8 to 2 in favor of keeping the allowable blood alcohol level for bartenders at .04.

The council was considering raising that limit to .08.

The city's Public Health and Safety Committee had also rejected the rule change before it came to the full council.

Tuesday, members looked at both sides and decided to leave the rule as it is.

Many at the meeting viewed this outcome as a victory.

"This allows those in the industry to be able to partake and consume alcohol, but it also keeps them at a responsible level where they can protect our public health and safety," said Melissa Dotter, the Drug Free Communities Program Coordinator for Marathon County.

Not everyone was in favor of the move.

"Having someone go up to a bartender who blows .05 and say, 'You're too drunk to be behind the bar. Please get in your car and drive home,' which would be perfectly legal, causes a conundrum for me," said Keene Winters, a Wausau City Councilman.

Some council members say they doubt the ability of authorities to see what .04 looks like, as opposed to a higher level.

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