Change to city beer laws put on hold

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 10:45pm

This story has been updated. 

The Metro Council voted to defer an ordinance last night that would exempt council-approved restaurants from a law currently barring them from selling beer within 100 feet of residences. 

Councilman Jamie Hollin, the bill’s lead sponsor, said the deferral was made to add an amendment to the bill, which is now slated to come back to the council on second reading in August.

The council defeated a similar ordinance earlier this year.

Metro, which regulates beer licensing, maintains distance requirements for restaurants that sell beer. Any restaurant that wanted to sell beer under the new law would have to gain council approval with an individual resolution.

Meanwhile, the sale of liquor, governed by the state, is not beholden to any distance restriction. Hollin’s bill would allow the sale of beer at any restaurant that can currently sell liquor under state law.

Right now, in order to receive a beer permit, an establishment that falls within 100 feet from a house must go through an application process that can take six to seven months to navigate.

On the same night Hollin’s bill was deferred, the council approved an ordinance on second reading sponsored by Councilman Mike Jameson that would exempt Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant from going through the normal beer-permitting process.

Puckett’s is a new restaurant planned for downtown Church Street. The council approved Jameson’s ordinance by a 27-7 vote, with dissenters expressing concern over the precedent such an exemption would set.

Jameson said he and Puckett’s ownership have met with the Urban Residents Association, the Downtown Partnership and the board of the nearby Downtown Presbyterian Church –– the basic requirements in the beer-permit process. He said all three parties support Puckett’s desire to sell beer.

Jameson’s bill will go before the council on third and final reading next month. The council agreed to hold a public hearing on the issue on the same night.

Other items:

• The council deferred a memorializing resolution that would request that the Metro parks board plant an evergreen tree at the downtown public square instead of chopping one down each year as the holiday season approaches.

The council will consider the non-binding resolution next month.

It’s Metro’s custom to erect a tree in front of the courthouse each winter before decorating it with Christmas decorations.

Councilwoman Karen Bennett, the resolution’s sponsor, has said her goal is to protect trees.

 

10 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 7/21/10 at 4:11

Why not pull out all the stops, if you have the Name or the Money, damn the laws, we will get you what you want. The current council's mo!

By: govskeptic on 7/21/10 at 7:18

When greed is the goal everything and everybody stand back.
We are the Government and we're here to help you!

By: dman on 7/21/10 at 7:53

Councilmen, thanks for trying to get rid of this stupid beer law. Puckett's would be good for downtown and tourism. Many of our alcohol laws are old and outdated. Good riddance.

By: bfra on 7/21/10 at 8:28

dman - Do you think they need to set up a liquor/beer wagon next to Churches, also? Some on the good people coming out of services, just might need a little nip.

By: Kosh III on 7/21/10 at 11:11

"dman - Do you think they need to set up a liquor/beer wagon next to Churches, also? Some on the good people coming out of services, just might need a little nip."

Why not? Aren't the church goers of such strong moral character that they can withstand the temptation of buying a beer after they leave church?

Why put such restrictions on business? Get government off the backs of business and let the free enterprise system work!

By: futrconslr on 7/21/10 at 11:27

"dman - Do you think they need to set up a liquor/beer wagon next to Churches, also? Some on the good people coming out of services, just might need a little nip.

Church property is no more sacred than any other.

By: budlight on 7/21/10 at 11:35

futrconslr on 7/21/10 at 11:27
"dman - Do you think they need to set up a liquor/beer wagon next to Churches, also? Some on the good people coming out of services, just might need a little nip.

Church property is no more sacred than any other.

That's your opinion. I think church property is more sacred. you apparently don't go to church.

By: bfra on 7/21/10 at 12:43

Why not? Aren't the church goers of such strong moral character that they can withstand the temptation of buying a beer after they leave church?
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Kosh that wasn't the issue. The laws already on the books are not enforced, why ad more? Plus, I had a beer permit several years ago and had to almost do hand stands and whistle French to get it. Now anyone with the name or the money can just waltz on thru. Probably don't even have to appear (in person) before the beer board.

By: Kosh III on 7/21/10 at 2:49

Now anyone with the name or the money can just waltz on thru. Probably don't even have to appear (in person) before the beer board.
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Sounds like the govt is getting off the backs of business? I thought this was considered a good thing by many. isn't this the elimination of an extra requirement?

French whistles? That's the problem---them dang frogs who wouldn't help us invade a non-threatening country---how unpatriotic! French whistles indeed. Hrrrumphhh

btw, I was being sarcastic above, I thought you would figure that out.

By: bfra on 7/21/10 at 3:43

Kosh - Yep! I did and you knew the hand stands & whistles, was a figure of speech. But, No joke, I was surprised, by the time I got my permit, they hadn't taken any blood.