Clayton Board of Aldermen set to consider wide range of topics

Clayton could see its first new restaurant of the new year if plans are approved for the operation of Copia II at 7822 Bonhomme Avenue.

A transfer of the conditional use permit for the 8,200 square-foot, 160 seat restaurant will be considered by the Clayton Board of Aldermen at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Eyad Tammas and Amer Hawatmeh, owners of Clayton Foods, LLC and Copia in downtown, submitted the application and are seeking to open their second location in the old Morton’s steakhouse building.

It was reported in September that the downtown restaurant will open its second location at Morton’s Clayton address after the steakhouse moved to Lumière Place in November.

Copia has posted a notice about the second location on its website, which says Copia II will open in March.

Copia II is also requesting a liquor license to sell all kinds of intoxicating liquor at retail by the drink, including Sundays, at its Clayton location.

The Police Department has completed its review of the application and supports the issuance of the requested license. The Planning and Development department has also approved the application with no objections. City staff recommends passing a motion to approve the liquor license and a transfer of the conditional use permit.

In other business, the board is set to approve the final amendment to the FY2017 Budget and appoint a provisional Municipal Judge.

The board will also consider whether or not to allow its fire department to participate in the East Central Fire Command.

Under the proposal, four St. Louis County suburbs — Clayton, Brentwood, Maplewood, and Richmond Heights — would consolidate their administrations.

A similar proposal, which included the four municipalities and Rock Hill, was shot down last August when Rock Hill dropped out of the unified fire command proposal.

City staff is recommending approval, but only on the contingency that there is assurance of support of accreditation within a set period of time, a clear commitment to satisfactory levels of service to support emergency management responsibility for the City of Clayton, and a plan to integrate fire prevention into ECFC at a level that is equivalent to current fire prevention services within three years, according to city documents.

The Board of Aldermen meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Clayton City Hall.

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