Archive for Thursday, August 18, 2005

Tonganoxie asked to allow Sunday sales

August 18, 2005

The Tonganoxie City Council will revisit the topic of Sunday liquor sales at Monday night's council meeting.

Citizens wanting to speak about the issue can discuss their views at Monday's meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. in council chambers, 321 Delaware, Tonganoxie.

At the Aug. 8 Tonganoxie City Council meeting, council members reviewed a letter from Casey's General Stores requesting Sunday liquor sales.

In the past, Corky Krouse, owner of Tonganoxie's Krouse Liquor, has been the most vocal business owner lobbying for Sunday sales.

But the convenience store chain, which is constructing a new store at the northwest corner of Third Street and U.S. Highway 24-40 in Tonganoxie, now is urging the council to revisit the issue.

State law now allows cities in Kansas the option of selling liquor on Sundays in retail establishments that sell alcohol.

Convenience stores can sell cereal malt beverages -- commonly known as 3.2 beer -- while liquor stores sell beverages that carry a greater percentage of alcohol.

In September 2003, the previous council approved liquor sales by adopting a charter ordinance on a 4-2 vote.

A protest petition, though, blocked the measure later that year.

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