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Council still considering Sunday liquor sales issue

Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

MORRISON – The owner of Hero’s Tap told the City Council Monday that being allowed to sell liquor on Sundays would be a huge help to him.

“Having an extra 52 days a year will definitely benefit our family and our business,” Shane Gallentine said.

Mayor Everett Pannier opened up the topic for discussion, and said he’ll try to create a resolution so the council can vote July 8 whether to allow Sunday liquor sales at bars.

Pannier also asked council members what Sunday hours should be and whether they should keep the bars’ fees at $1,500 a year.

Alderwoman Marti Wood said fees should be kept the same, especially since they were raised $250 just a year ago.

Police Chief Brian Melton asked that liquor sale times be uniform to eliminate confusion. Liquor stores can sell packaged liquor from noon to 10 p.m. and Prairie Ridge Golf Course can start selling liquor at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

“I believe if we keep it all uniform, it’s easier for everybody and more fair,” Melton said, adding that the police department has no problem with Sunday alcohol sales.

Alderman David Helms said many churchgoers have asked that if he votes to allow bars to sell alcohol on Sundays, that he vote to have sales start at noon, because various church groups and children’s groups meet in the mornings.

“I understand not everybody believes that, but I think there’s a high percentage who do, and I’d hate to see us infringe on that,” Helms said.

Wendy Gould Gallentine, Shane’s wife, said noon is perfect for Sundays.

Alderman Leo Sullivan said he will vote against Sunday sales because his parents owned a bar and Sunday was the only day he saw them together.

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