Archive for Wednesday, June 4, 2003

City council to ponder sale of liquor on Sunday

June 4, 2003

Mayor Dave Taylor had planned to discuss Sunday alcohol sales in the city during the Tonganoxie City Council's meeting on May 27.

But the mayor decided to table the issue because the meeting ran late into the evening after an executive session that lasted more than two hours. The meeting adjourned about11 p.m.

"I think it will bring in a little extra money," Taylor said. "We didn't go into that because it was so late."

Because the issue would involve a charter ordinance, the measure could only pass with a super majority. That means four council members. In this case, the mayor is part of the governing body, so four of six would have to approve.

The ordinance must be published twice. Then it is subjected to a 60-day protest period. If a petition is filed -- with signatures equal 10 percent of the last election's voter turnout -- the council must decide if it wants to have a public election on the issue.

In April, not counting advanced ballots, 384 residents voted. Any protest petition would require about 40 signatures.

The council plans to discuss the issue at its meeting next Monday.

Several area cities, including Leavenworth, Bonner Springs and Basehor, have considered Sunday liquor sales after voters in Wyandotte County last year approved such a measure.

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