An application has been submitted by Sheri’s One Stop, preliminary details have been taken care of and, according to our chief of police, the business is run by “honorable merchants,” (one of the requirements for granting such a licence). Many people have come to Ann and I voicing their concerns (because they know we attend most meetings and have been known to stand up and voice our concerns), they say that during the Tornado crisis Sheri’s was charging exorbitant prices for gasoline and other essentials. Personally we had no dealings with Sheri’s, in fact have never dealt there, but if these statements are true, and the people who came to us are, in our opinion, honorable people, then such a licence should not be granted. Also, even though the council adopted a resolution requiring there be at least 350 feet between an establishment that sells alcohol and schools or churches and they are over 350 feet away, Sheri’s is surrounded by schools, City Hall, and a church, the only other property being a road and railroad. The City Hall building is also supposed to be available as a Community Center, Senior Center, and is a meeting place for the Boy Scouts, I personally do not like the idea of alcohol being sold next door (less than 350 feet away).
Tuesday will be your last chance to have your voices heard, the two of us cannot do it alone, we need your support. The Council members need to see the residents coming out and expressing their desires. A vote was taken and the sale of alcohol was approved, that is the democratic way, and I believe we all support that. The fact that we have concerns about who and where is licenced needs to be addressed, and your voices need to be heard. There are other merchants who will be filing for licences, we do not have just one choice.
Show up and be heard.