Archive for Thursday, June 26, 2003

Sunday sales proposal ice cold in Basehor

June 26, 2003

Basehor residents can still purchase packaged alcohol on Sundays -- they'll just have to drive elsewhere to get it.

During its meeting Monday, June 23, the Basehor City Council denied, 4-1, an ordinance allowing the Sunday sale of packaged liquor. City Council president Julian Espinoza was the lone voice supporting the proposed bill.

The charter ordinance rejected during the meeting would have allowed liquor stores to open every day except Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The ordinance given to City Council members Monday night closely resembled those of cities with approved Sunday sales laws.

In recent weeks, City Council members discussed the idea of the bill and even furthered the idea by considering adding 3.2 percent volume alcohol -- cereal malt beverages -- to the proposal.

At times, it appeared city officials were warm to the idea of joining such municipalities as Kansas City, Kan., Edwardsville, Bonner Springs, Leavenworth and Lansing in opting out of the 1949 Liquor Control Act under home rule amendment.

Two other area cities, Shawnee and Lenexa, approved Sunday sales on Monday.

The theory behind allowing Sunday sales was to give liquor store owners the opportunity to compete against other stores open seven days a week, city officials said.

But City Council members weren't having any, and Basehor joins Tonganoxie as one of the few local governments to reject Sunday sales.

However, Sunday sales could still be brewing in Leavenworth County. On Thursday, June 18, the Leavenworth County Commission heard a presentation from a local attorney promoting Sunday sales (see related story, page 1A).

Letters have been sent to cities in the county, asking for input on a countywide Sunday sales ordinance, and consideration of the item is scheduled to take place in coming weeks, county officials said.

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