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Verona Council Ponders Liquor License Ordinance Change

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Liquor by the drink for a Verona business was the subject of considerable discussion at the December meeting of the Verona City Council.

Mayor Roy Snyder said Guanajuanto Mexican Restaurant has requested a liquor-by-the-drink license. However, the restaurant is located less than 100 feet from the Hispanic Baptist Church.

Snyder said state statutes prohibit granting a liquor license to a business within 100 feet of a church unless the applicant obtains the consent in writing of the council. Council consent cannot be granted until at least 10 days written notice has been provided to all owners of property within 100 feet of the restaurant.

City Clerk Julie Ruscha said the Municipal Municipal League agrees with the council's position. She added the restaurant owners have indicated they may not be interested in selling alcohol on Sunday.

Council members discussed the idea of requiring a stipulation prohibits the restaurant from selling liquor on Sunday or on Wednesday evening during scheduled church services. The matter will be placed on the January, 2010 agenda.

In other matters, Ray Greek, of Ace Pipe Cleaning, discussed cleaning and videoing sewer lines. He said the company would not fix the lines but would make recommendations on how to repair them. The council decided to have Ace Pipe Cleaning submit a proposal for the project at next month's meeting.

Dawnata Hopkins, of The CPA Group in Monett, presented the city's 2008-09 audit. She said the audit is clean, and the financial statements are fairly stated.

Hopkins submitted a quote for a three-year contract for auditing services. The council will consider the proposal at its next meeting.

Police Chief Joseph Powell presented an $859 quote from Diesel Performance Plus in Marshfield for light bars and installation on police cars. Powell said there have been comments from residents about police cars being hard to see. Mayor Snyder and Alderman Matt Pruente will look at the light bars and see if they can be used.

Powell said in the past month police have made 84 traffic stops, and issued 61 citations and 23 warnings.

Ruscha mentioned copies of city ordinances have been sent to Sullivan Publication, and the process for recodifying the ordinances is underway.

The next meeting of the council will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010.



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