Stinky’s trying to find solution to overcrowding on Oskaloosa square

by Dennis Sharkey

Ever since Sandy’s Bar and Grill closed in January Stinky’s Bar and Grill owner Scott Claybaugh has been so busy that he’s looking for a solution.

Claybaugh has said recently that on some Friday and Saturday nights customers have a hard time walking through his bar because of the volume of people. In the last month he has had to hire additional staff including security.

When the Old Settlers’ Reunion festival rolls into town next month Claybaugh doesn’t know if he will have enough space to accommodate all the patrons.

“I don’t have room,” Claybaugh told the Oskaloosa City Council on May 17. “I just don’t.”

The Old Settlers’ Reunion Committee is currently working on a beer garden near the stage for Friday night. Even with the beer garden Claybaugh still believes he will be packed.

To solve the problem Claybaugh came up with a plan to have his own fenced off area outside the bar on the sidewalk.

Numerous legal issues could prevent the plan from happening. Nevertheless Claybaugh wanted to get the OK from the council before proceeding.

None of the council members opposed Claybaugh’s idea but some said they needed more details before saying yay.

“I would feel better about it if you had more of a plan,” Councilwoman Emily Malsbury said. “I don’t have a problem with it.”

Malsbury said that she has already heard that some neighbors of Claybaughs will be complaining. Claybaugh said individual residents don’t have any room to complain because it’s a commercial district.

In other actions:

• The city is looking for a new treasurer. Joy Neely submitted her resignation earlier this month. City Clerk Patty Hamm said Neely’s real estate business and another business she and her husband recently purchased have begun to take off and she can no longer provide the time needed.

• The plans for shade at the city pool have temporarily been put on hold due to cost constraints. The project expenses are totatling much more than what was expected.

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