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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A day after Kevin O'Brien died from injuries he sustained in a four-story fall at The B.O.B., one of Grand Rapids' most popular downtown venues, city commissioners are asking the same question many are asking:
"Is the city having conversations with The B.O.B. about the safety of the stairwells and what potentially could be done?" asked Second Ward Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss.
City officials say they are.
City Manager Greg Sundstrom clarified at a Tuesday morning City Commission meeting exactly when owners of the venue came to them with plans for improvements., which city building inspectors would need to sign off on. Sundstrom said it was shortly after 21-year-old Zachary Bunting died after sitting on the railing to that same stairwell, losing his balance and falling to his death on April 14.
"Our staff has spoken with an architect that I believe the owner hired to talk about what we could do differently," said Sundstrom. "I think the objective is to raise the railing while still maintaining a handrail at the same time."
But so far, no one at city hall has seen anything on paper.
"We're still waiting for a proposal, plan from the owner to move forward," Sundstrom told 4 Hour News 8.
Commissioners also had questions for Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk at their Tuesday morning meeting.
While investigators either don't know or aren't offering up specifics as to what happened, they have pretty much ruled out foul play. As reported Monday, no one heard arguing or a fight that might have led to O'Brien being pushed.
Belk also told commissioners that O'Brien was intoxicated.
"We believe, although we don't have the blood alcohol levels officially yet, had a high blood alcohol content," Belk said.
The state Liquor Control Commission, which has the ultimate say over whether an establishment has or keeps a liquor licensees, is also investigating the incident.
In the past, city commissioners have requested the LCC either turn down renewal or revoke a bar's license. but no one on the commission is suggesting that avenue for The B.O.B.
A camera mounted on a tow truck caught an example of a common incident Tuesday: a vehicle sliding off the road.
Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies worked together Tuesday evening to chase down an alleged van thief, despite slippery roads.
A charity lodge where three people were killed back in September 2013 will likely never open again.