TROUTDALE - The City Council voted 6-1 in favor of making a moratorium on alcohol at the Sam Cox Building permanent.

Although alcohol will still be allowed in the building for community functions, such as Troutdale's annual SummerFest, groups that rent the space in Glenn Otto Community Park are forbidden from having booze, said Clyde Keebaugh, parks and facilities supervisor.

Last November, the council voted 4-3 in favor of putting a temporary ban on alcohol use at the building.

The idea was originally brought before the Troutdale Parks Committee when city officials noticed a dramatic increase in the requests for alcohol-related functions, Keebaugh said.

The number of people attending events where alcohol was served and the mess that was left behind was getting too hard to control, Keebaugh said.

'It was a long process,' he said. 'It was pretty thoroughly discussed.'

Mayor Paul Thalhofer was the only member of the council to vote against prohibiting alcohol use by groups at the site.

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