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Wausau City Council approves drinking limit for servers again

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - The Wausau City Council has voted for a second time to join a handful of other Wisconsin cities that make sure bartenders don't get as drunk as their customers.

The council voted 8-2 Tuesday night to override a veto from Mayor Jim Tipple -- who claimed that the aldermen rammed through the measure without input from the affected bars.

Unlike other cities which mandate absolute sobriety for bartenders, Wausau's ordinance lets bartenders join in on the drinking a little bit, up to a 0.04 blood alcohol level. That's half the state's limit for drunk driving.

Supporters said the measure's needed so bartenders can monitor their customers, and prevent them from driving away drunk.

Council President Lisa Rasmussen took issue with the mayor's claim that the proposal didn't get public input. She said it went through the same process as other measures.

Rasmussen also noted that neighboring Weston would have considered the same limit this week, but that meeting was called off due to the cold weather. Mayor Tipple says it's possible the measure could come back to the Wausau council for further review.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)