The Madison City Council narrowly overturned a veto Tuesday by Mayor Paul Soglin, paving the way for alcohol purchased online to be delivered directly to customers waiting in vehicles.
Council members voted 14-5 to override Soglin’s veto that blocked an ordinance to accommodate a “click and collect” method of shopping where people select goods online, such as groceries and alcohol, and have them brought to their vehicles. A successful override needs at least 14 votes.
Earlier this month, the council failed to override the veto on a 12-4 vote. But the ordinance’s sponsor, Ald. Mike Verveer, who was out with the flu during the previous vote, called for the successful re-vote Tuesday.
The ordinance will let stores designate parking spots as part of their liquor selling premises where customers can wait to finalize the payment when the liquor is delivered.
Soglin has argued customers should pay for alcohol inside stores to ensure better lighting to check IDs, and the ordinance could harm small businesses without parking lots. He was absent during Tuesday’s meeting.
Supporters said the ordinance has enough safeguards, such as a four-hour waiting period before pick-up, to prevent misuse of the service.
Two grocery stores previously approved for licenses permitting parking lot delivery — Walmart at 4198 Nakoosa Trail and Pick ‘n Save at 261 Junction Road — will now be able to offer the service.
Council President Marsha Rummel and Alds. Paul Skidmore, Samba Baldeh, Barbara Harrington-McKinney and Rebecca Kemble voted against the override. Ald. Larry Palm was absent.
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- Also on Tuesday, a mixed-used development on Monroe Street received approval despite initial concerns about its height.
The council approved a zoning change for developer Urban Land Interests’ proposal to construct a five-story building with 65 apartment units and 16,000 square feet of commercial space on the property that currently holds Associated Bank, 1720 Monroe St.
Last month, the city’s Plan Commission voted to shelve the project, believing it to be too large for the neighborhood and nearby homes on Stockton Court and Spooner Street.
But revised plans pulled back the structure’s presence on the northeast corner from the closest houses and dropped down the square footage of the fifth floor to reduce the building’s mass.
- In other action, the council adopted a long-term plan for interpretation and translation services for city meetings, documents and information.
The language access plan, which is federally required, beefs up the services the city already offers, such as providing requested interpreters for those speaking at public meetings. An additional $100,000 for language access services was included in the 2018 budget, bringing the total to $122,000 for the year.
While the entire plan will take years to implement, this year’s funds will cover translating vital documents into Hmong, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, having American Sign Language and other interpreters available for 450 hours of service at press conferences and public meetings, and translating city-produced, informational videos.
- The City Council also passed a resolution reaffirming Madison as a welcoming city for immigrants in response to a derogatory reference President Donald Trump reportedly made about Haiti, El Salvador and African nations.