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Basehor studying proposal

June 11, 2003

While other area cities are approving the sale of packaged liquor on Sundays, a similar proposal remains under wraps in Basehor, where a charter ordinance is under City Council review.

In May, the City Council tabled a charter ordinance proposal, which would allow the sale of packaged liquor on Sundays, citing a need to further research items such as when liquor stores could remain open.

The theory behind the proposal is that allowing Sunday sales would help stores compete against those open seven days a week, while helping to keep shopper dollars in the city.

On Monday, June 9, City Council members discussed the issue briefly and cited the possibility of adding cereal malt beverages to the charter ordinance.

The Sunday sales bill is expected to be acted on during the July Basehor City Council meeting, city officials said.

Since May, area cities such as Bonner Springs and Leavenworth have approved Sunday sales. Tonganoxie is considering a package as well.

The Leavenworth city ordinance received tentative approval last week, but city officials there are considering adding cereal malt beverages to the ordinance. On Tuesday, June 10, Leavenworth City Council reviewed the addendum, but results of the meeting were not available as of press time.

On Monday, the Shawnee City Council set a public hearing June 23 for its Sunday sales proposal.

Basehor mayor Joseph Scherer said city officials are reviewing similar ordinances such as those of Bonner Springs and Leavenworth to shape Basehor's proposal.

"Leavenworth's proposal includes (cereal malt beverages) and that's maybe something we want to look at," Scherer said.

The approved ordinances in Leavenworth, Tonganoxie and Bonner Springs are not yet law; if protest petitions signed by 10 percent of the persons who voted in the last election are filed within 61 days of the ordinance's last publication, the cities must schedule a referendum.

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