Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Extension of hours to sell alcohol passes second round

Council wants availability consistent among businesses.

Despite more citizen nays than yeas, bars, restaurants and other businesses were granted more hours to sell alcohol.

At their April 5 meeting, members of the Gothenburg City Council voted to extend hours to 6-1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and to 12-10 p.m. Sunday.

On second reading, council members Jeff Kennedy, Jeff Whiting and Gary Fritch voted in favor of the proposal while Tim Strauser voted against it.

The council has discussed increasing hours for the past three months. Discussion started at a Jan. 26 meeting with a request from a local bar owner to be allowed to stay open until 2 a.m.

Council members denied the request but considered Cherry Alger’s appeal, and that of two other bar and restaurant owners, to stay open longer during the week.

Walker’s Steakhouse and Lounge personnel also asked that their business be permitted to start serving alcohol at noon Sunday instead of 4 p.m.

Council members agreed that hours for businesses that sell alcohol should be the same—an argument made by business owners who sell alcoholic beverages.

For example, liquor and off-sale beer could be sold from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays while bars and restaurants could not serve until 4 p.m.

During discussion April 5, seven members of the public spoke against extending hours while two—who own businesses that sell alcohol—spoke for the measure.

Harold Peterson said nothing good happens after midnight and read aloud some of the names of people convicted of

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