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McLouth’s only liquor store owner files suit over wording of petition

Jefferson County court hearing set for next Friday

September 27, 2006

A McLouth liquor store owner says a petition carried by residents of McLouth was invalid.

The petition was worded: "No retailer's license shall be issued for premises within the city of McLouth, Kansas, for the sale of retail alcoholic liquor in the original package."

Those who signed the petition intended for this question to be on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Charles Karmann, owner of McLouth's only liquor store and the only McLouth establishment to sell packaged liquor in at least 70 years, said there's a problem.

"The petition is not worded the way the state said it had to be so now they're trying to figure out what to do," said Karmann, whose attorney is Tuck Duncan, Topeka.

Jefferson County clerk Linda Buttron said Karmann's suit has been filed in Jefferson County District Court.

She said the liquor-license petition was submitted to county counselor Steve Montgomery before it was carried to McLouth voters.

And now, a court date has been set for 1 p.m. next Friday to determine whether the petition is valid. For Buttron, who's preparing for the election, it's getting down to crunch time.

"What that means for my office is I'm not going to order ballots until the judge rules on the question," Buttron said. "I'm hoping he'll rule that day."

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