Law change allows sale of alcohol
Badd Jack's Southwest restaurant now has the Tonganoxie City Council's blessing to sell alcohol.
On Monday, council members repealed an ordinance that prohibiting serving of alcohol within 200 feet of a church. Badd Jack's is 170 feet from Tonganoxie United Methodist Church.
In addition, council members approved an ordinance requiring local restaurants that serve alcohol to have at least 30 percent of their sales in food.
The measure passed 3-2 with council members Kathy Graveman, Janet Angell and Steve Gumm voting in favor, and Pat Albert and Emmett Wetta voting against.
"It's not the right thing," Albert said. "Now it can end up across from the high school or across from the grade school."
Angell said a restaurant serving alcohol is also near a school in Lawrence and there are no problems there.
Another council member, Emmett Wetta, apologized for being absent at the last meeting when action was first taken on the issue of serving alcohol at Badd Jack's. He said he thought the issue was being held over the council members heads to help Jack Cronemeyer, owner of Badd Jack's. Wetta owns Mo's Pizza, 1208 Front Street, and serves beer at his establishment, but doesn't agree with the location of the restaurant.
"I'm not too crazy about selling that close to a school," Wetta said.