Sunday liquor sales ordinance approved
The city's liquor stores can open this Sunday after the De Soto City Council passed an ordinance last week allowing the practice.
The action followed voter approval of a measure on the April 5 ballot allowing the Council to amend the city charter to opt out of a state prohibition against Sunday liquor sales. The measure passed 444 to 333.
The City Council unanimously agreed last Thursday to do just that. The measure limits Sunday sales to liquor stores, which can now be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The Council also voted to close liquor stores on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The religious holiday closings and the hours of operation weren't made without debate. Councilwoman Mitra Templin said she thought the holidays were important and observed them all but wasn't sure it was the place of city government to make decisions on such things for retailers.
Templin and Councilman Ted Morse said a number of people called them about Sunday hours. The callers asked that the stores be open earlier so that, in Morse's words, they could make their purchases before going to the lake.
The consensus was to stick with holiday closings but to delay the opening of liquor stores on Sunday to noon.
"I just look at it as a way to appease some people," Councilman Tim Maniez said. "The vote was relatively close. There's still a lot of people not in favor of this."