Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Council tables Sunday
liquor sales revision

By Lori Cox
Enquirer contributor

INDEPENDENCE - City Council struck down a proposal Monday night to amend the city's Sunday liquor sales ordinance. The measure was meant to align the law more closely with state regulations.

The amendment - to legislation the city enacted in 2003, which allowed packaged liquor sales as early as 11 a.m. on Sunday - was proposed because current language conflicts with state law, said Mayor Chris Moriconi.

The city ordinance specifically refers to both serving and selling the product, but Kentucky law permits packaged liquor to be sold on Sunday but not served as individual drinks, except in the case of exempted hotels, motels and restaurants.

"We wanted to tighten it up a little bit, to take out the word 'serve' and just (leave) sell," Moriconi said.

Council members voted 4-2 against re-wording, opting instead to leave the issue for the four new council members who will take over in January.

"We'll revisit it sometime in 2005. Ultimately, state law will supersede the city anyway," Moriconi said.

Other issues discussed at the meeting, held because of the cancellation of the regular Nov. 1 session, included:

• The city engineer will develop a design for a turn lane at Cox Road and Taylor Mill Road, a change city officials say will address potential traffic congestion from new developments, such as Pembroke Village.

• The decision to go ahead with Stage II of the Shadybrook Trails development plan was ratified, and work will soon begin on the park and green space connecting three subdivisions.

• Council adopted a resolution to deny a recommendation by the Kenton County Planning Commission for a text amendment to allow car washes in neighborhood shopping centers.

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