The issue is under consideration
because one drinking establishment, the Lawndale Tap, has requested
that the hours be expanded to begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 1
a.m. Their request was made for just one Sunday, for a special
NASCAR race. They say their patrons would like to be able to order
an alcoholic beverage while watching the races.
However, due to procedures, it is not
even possible to issue the permit in time before the event.
Terry Werth, who serves on the liquor
committee, said that you really can't offer a permit like that to
just one business for one time either.
It does raise the question of allowing
establishments that fall into the category of serving alcohol to all
be allowed to begin serving at 11 a.m. rather than 1 p.m. so that
patrons who are there to watch sports and would like to order an
alcoholic beverage may.
In June 2002 Lincoln alderman voted to
roll back their hours based on that same request, that patrons
coming into businesses to watch sporting events on the big screen be
able to order alcohol if they wished. ["Earlier
Sunday drinking issue brings controversy to the council"]
The request to the county elicited a
variety of responses from board members.
It was stated that Lincoln's hours were
changed, and Lincoln represents the largest city in the county and
is half the population of the county.
Vickie Hasprey said that they did it at
Logan Lanes last year, and it hasn't been a problem. They have a
number of patrons come in to watch sports on Sunday mornings, and
just the same a few order alcohol and they never abuse it at that
hour. They have families there at that hour too. It makes no
difference, but that it makes it available to those who would enjoy
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John Stewart from Mount Pulaski
suggested that this might discriminate between one business that
sits inside a city limits and another that is outside the city
limits. Customers might choose to go to the businesses that are
allowed to serve earlier under the less restrictive county law.
Dick Logan said that even though he
uses alcohol himself, he thinks there should be some respect given
and that it conflicts with Sunday church hours.
A straw vote showed six against, five
in favor and one abstaining (due to conflict of interest) on
changing the time to 11 a.m. to begin serving alcohol on Sundays.
The only way the request could be
approved would be to modify the county ordinance. If the measure
were to gain approval, it would take several months, as it would
need to go through several processes. It would need to get on the
agenda, a notice to the public would need to be posted, and then it
could be discussed and voted on.
By the time it is passed, it will be
well past the opening of the NASCAR season and no longer pertinent
to the specific request that has been made. [NASCAR
However, the matter will be opened for
discussion on Tuesday night. The board would like to hear from you.
Call any member or your district representative. [Board
If you would
like to express your opinion, you may write to