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Local News 7.9.2018

It’s safe to swim at North Overlook Beach again, according to a recent news release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.   Bacterial counts at North Overlook are within normal parameters and the signs at the beach are no longer posted, the news release said.  The Corps of Engineers had recommended that people not swim at North Overlook due to elevated bacterial counts in a news release on July 5. The main body of water had low bacterial counts.

After months of debate and research, Pella’s city council passed an ordinance on July 3rd allowing microbreweries to operate in  commercial and commercial mixed-use districts in the Tulip City.  A microbrewery is defined as a business that has a primary function of brewing beer, ale and “similar beverages” on-site, and a secondary function of producing food and other beverages. Microbreweries in Pella will not be able to produce more than 10,000 barrels of beer or ale annually and the business will not be able to obtain a class C liquor license, which allows businesses to sell hard liquor.  New microbreweries will not be able to operate within the central business district; they’ll also need to obtain a special use permit. A separate ordinance allowing people under the age of 21 to enter a microbrewery with an older adult was tabled as the council felt it needed more information to proceed. 

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