Archive for Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Liquor proposal dries up

No support voiced for Sunday sales

June 11, 2003

There wasn't any disagreement when the topic of Sunday liquor sales was brought up at Monday's city council meeting.

Although other area cities are considering the extended sales, the topic is quite dry in Tonganoxie.

"I don't see any need for it," said Rev. Ben Saathoff of the Tonganoxie Christian Church. "We need to do what's right."

Council member Kathy Graveman didn't see a reason for the law change either.

"I'm not for it because I think current laws are sufficient," Graveman said. "They're going to buy it on Saturday night."

Mayor Dave Taylor brought up the item at the last council meeting, but discussion of Sunday liquor sales was tabled until Monday night because an executive session stretched the meeting until 11 p.m.

Taylor, like other local mayors, said he was looking at a way to generate more tax revenue for the city.

Other area cities, including Leavenworth, Bonner Springs and Basehor have considered Sunday liquor sales since voters in Wyandotte County approved sales last year.

Taylor spoke with owners of Tonganoxie's two liquor stores and they weren't in favor of the change because they didn't want to work on Sundays.

"I think it's kind of a moot point," said council member Velda Roberts.

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