February 4, 2009 GREEN BAY, Wis. --
Green Bay's divided effort to cull the number of bars downtown is being sent back to a city council committee after discussion lasted into Wednesday morning. The Protection and Welfare Committee proposed an ordinance last week that would halt the issue of any more liquor licenses downtown until the current total of 19 was reduced to 15.
The Green Bay Police Department is pushing the measure because of repeated law enforcement problems at some downtown bars, but a downtown business group strongly opposes the measure.
The debate lasted until nearly 1 a.m. until Mayor Jim Schmitt cast the tie-breaking vote to send it back to a committee for further review.