By CHRIS AGEE
After receiving praise from several members, city council voted Tuesday to approve a specific use permit for recently opened teen club Venue 2:17.
Following a public hearing, council members voted unanimously to provide the permit, allowing the business to operate as an “amusement center, teen club” as defined by the city code of ordinances.
Venue 2:17, located at 212 S.E. 1st Avenue, has already had an impact on the city, said council member and juvenile probation officer Rick Bennett.
“This is something our city has needed for a long time,” he added, noting the club allows local youth to “find a positive place to expend some of that energy.”
Council member Thomas Lively, also a manager at Chili’s, said the restaurant is dedicated to helping the club maintain and build on early success.
He applauded applicant Brenda Stewart for providing a safe place for youth to hang out while receiving a good meal.
“I deal with more kids in this town than anybody,” Bennett added.
“They tell me [Venue 2:17] is a beneficial experience. I think we need to support this with everything we have.”
In other business, city council approved an agreement with Bowie Fire Department. The depertment is set to conduct emergency medical service classes for the Graford Volunteer Fire/EMS Department, according to information presented at Tuesday’s city council meeting.
In connection with those classes, city staff requested council allow students to perform clinical rotations through the Mineral Wells Fire/EMS Department.
The agency has previously agreed to provide clinical rotations for local students in such classes and Bowie Fire/EMS would be required to furnish liability for all students while on their rotation.