Council sets public hearing for March 4

There could be changes at Prairie Pond Vineyard and Winery after a Monday, March 4, public hearing. The New Prague City Council recently approved the 7 p.m. hearing for the issuance of on-sale, off-sale and Sunday liquor licenses at the business at 105 Main St. E in New Prague.

City Administrator Mike Johnson explained there will be a change in ownership. Currently Michael Fullerton owns the licenses. The new owner will be his wife, Bonnie. The change in liquor licenses could have been handled as a new license or a transfer. If done as a new license, the business will save approximately $100.

Also discussed at the council’s Tuesday, Feb. 19, meeting was the small parking area behind Prairie Pond Vineyard and Winery and the pocket park located east of the business. Chris Cavett of the city’s engineering firm,Short Elliott Hendrickson (S.E.H.) Inc., said the way parking is currently set up in the small lot is at times awkward. With some spots, vehicles have to pull out quite a ways to get out.

The alley is among the areas that will be worked on this summer as part of the city’s street project. Cavett said one thing they want to do is rework the parking area to prevent water from draining from that and the park to a catch basin on Main Street.

Cavett noted the pocket park was deeded to the city several years ago. He said there have been preliminary talks with the Fullertons, who have expressed some interest in acquiring the park and the parking area.

Michael Fullerton said their main interest with the property east of their building would be to use it as an outdoor seating space.

Golf Club Donation The council also approved a resolution accepting a $4,000 donation from the John Barta family to the city and the New Prague Golf Club. Barta was making the donation in memory of former Mayor Al Slavik and Bea (Barta) Slavik, his uncle and aunt. The donation is proposed to be used in enhancing and upgrading the seventh hole tee box. The proposed work includes trees, a flower bed and a seating area. In a letter Barta explained the couple used to live across from the tee box.

The Golf Board reviewed the donation at its January 22 meeting and recommended accepting it.

Johnson noted Barta had asked to see the plans for the work on the area as a condition for the donation.

The council approved the donation with the conditions 4- 0. Council member Mark Bartusek was absent for the vote.