Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Council to vote on beer

By Travis Gettys
The Cincinnati Enquirer

ERLANGER - City Council agreed Tuesday to vote as scheduled in April on a proposal to ease restrictions on Sunday alcohol sales.

Earlier this month, council's commerce and economic committee recommended the city allow sale of malt beverages, beer or wine coolers beginning at 11 a.m. on Sundays, instead of 1 p.m., as the law now allows.

Council considered delaying a scheduled final vote on the proposed legislation because its next meeting, April 6, falls during spring break for some schools.

Only one council member plans to be out of town during that meeting, but Councilwoman Vicki Kyle expects a close vote.

"Every vote is going to count," she said.

A petition drive netted more than 500 signatures opposing the measure, said City Clerk Linda Carter.

Nineteen businesses with alcohol licenses are seeking the change.


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