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Basehor Council approves liquor licenses

December 11, 2003

Basehor residents still aren't able to purchase alcohol in Basehor on Sundays, but for the six other days during the week, they'll have plenty of options.

On Monday, Dec. 8, the Basehor City Council approved, 4-1, renewing the liquor licenses of five establishments in the city. City Council member Bill Hooker was the lone vote against renewing the licenses.

The City Council renewed liquor licenses for Casey's General Store, Doc and Brutie's Pizza, Simple Simon's Pizza, Shorty's Liquor Store and Kelley's Grille and Bar at its meeting Monday night.

Renewing the liquor licenses is an annual action for the City Council.

This year, the City Council considered opting out of the state's liquor control act, which essentially bans the sale of packaged alcohol on Sundays. Municipalities such as Bonner Springs, Edwardsville and the Unified Government opted out of the liquor control act.

The debate of cities' rights to opt out of the liquor control act has spilled over onto the floor of the Kansas Supreme Court this week.

Attorneys for the state argued cities can make more stringent requirements than the state's law but not opt out of the them under home rule. Attorneys for Wyandotte County and the city of Edwardsville argued their clients could opt out of the law because it is not uniformly administered.

On Monday night, Basehor city attorney John Thompson said he doubted any ruling by the Supreme Court would allow liquor stores in Basehor to open without the consent of the governing body.

There is no timetable for the Supreme Court to decide on the issue.

In other action, the City Council:

  • Approved a petition and resolution, 3-2, to annex a tract of land owned by Karen and Donald Dyster on 166th Street. City Council members Hooker and Iris Dysart voted against the measure.
  • Approved a petition and resolution, 3-2, to annex a tract of land owned by John, Patricia and Donald Dyster on 166th Street. Hooker and Dysart voted against.
  • Approved the creation and job description for the position of corporal in the Basehor Police Department.
  • Approved the wage scale and salaries of city staff for 2004.
  • Denied, 4-1, a proposal to nominate an alternate City Council president. Council president Julian Espinoza cast the lone vote in favor the nominating an alternate president.

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