Pine City Council Votes Against Changes in Liquor Ordinance

Thursday, September 4th, 2008 at 6:01 am

The Pine City Council voted Wednesday on amending the city’s liquor ordinance. The council voted 3-1 to reject proposed changes in the ordinance, with the lone “Yes” vote coming from councilman Brian Scholin.

The issue stems from the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pine City. Immaculate Conception requested that the city’s ordinance be amended to allow churches to serve liquor. Under the current ordinance, the liquor can not be served within 100 feet of a school or church. The church plans on building an reception hall and would like to eventually be able to serve liquor during wedding receptions and other special events.

Former Pine City resident John Becvar speaks out against liquor in churches

Former Pine City resident John Becvar speaks out against liquor in churches

Several members of the council said there were still too many questions that needed answers, including concerns involving the use of law enforcement at events where liquor is served. Another concern raised was whether allowing a liquor license at a non-profit organization will hurt attracting business to the city.

Hear Councilman Mark Nisley’s Comments:

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Mayor Jane Robbins said council will take another look at the ordinance once city council reviews the proposed changes.

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