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PC Council gives nod to liquor license

Monday, August 16, 2010

Members of the Pierce City Board of Aldermen approved issuing a permit for a liquor license to Mike and Carolyn Flummerfelt, owners of Town and Country Supermarket, at their regular meeting Aug. 12.

The Flummerfelts indicated their plan to carry a line of moderate alcoholic beverages such as wine coolers and beer.

"We don't want to carry hard liquor," said Mike Flummerfelt. "We have just been approached by people asking if we would consider carrying that kind of product."

Flummerfelt said he spoke to Doug Thompson of Thompson Family Pharmacy, the only other retail establishment in Pierce City to offer packaged liquor, to discuss the option. Flummerfelt said that the store's hours of operation were such that it would not seriously impact the sales at the pharmacy.

"We would just like to keep our business moving in the right direction," Flummerfelt said.

Aldermen approved the request, with Brandon Raley offering the only dissenting vote.

In other business, aldermen looked to the owner of a property at 402 North Walnut, Lester Morris, for action he has taken to prevent the city from pursuing condemnation proceedings.

Morris said that he had recently completed work on the floor joists and is preparing to tear off two rooms on the north side of the structure torn off and rebuild a new room in their place. Morris also indicated that work on the structure had been slowed due to the excessively high temperatures in recent weeks.

"I had bought this for a winter project," he told the council. "And right now, it's hot out there."

Aldermen agreed to allow Morris to continue working on the structure with 30-day checks by the city's building inspector and chief of police, Mike Abramovitz.

We've got to see some progress," said Alderman David Jones.

If Morris fails to comply with the city council's request, aldermen will re-visit the option of condemnation as an alternative.

Aldermen also discussed the matter of a leaking fire hydrant at the corner of Elm and Phelps streets. Mayor Allen Stockton proposed the city approve the purchase of a valve to be installed near the defective fire plug so water to the line could be shut off and the hydrant removed or replaced.

"If we can put in a valve and kill the whole line, we could get those two fire plugs out of there," Stockton said. "That's what I'd like to do."

In other business aldermen:

* Appointed Ronnie Landoll to the Harold Bell Wright Museum board.

* Approved an ordinance for the T-Mobile settlement agreement of up to $549 for unpaid business taxes.

* Approved City Clerk Julie Johnson's request to attend a grant writing training class in Monett.

* Approved budget amendments to actual expenditures for April 30, 2010.

* Set the tax levy hearing for 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 23, at City Hall.

The next regular meeting of the Pierce City Board of Aldermen will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 9 at City Hall.

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