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Aldermen discuss Sunday alcohol sales

Even though the mayor’s Alcohol Task Force has recommended the city expand alcohol sales to Sunday, the board itself appears to be taking a more cautious approach to the issue.


Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson told the board at a special meeting this morning that he will not address the issue again during his administration unless the aldermen request to vote on the measure. He also expressed his concern of enforcing the Task Force’s recommendation that Sunday alcohol sales be allowed at restaurants only at two set times, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. He suggested that if they did move forward to have one open and close time.

Pope Mallette, the city attorney, also had concerns about the Task Force’s recommendation that businesses allow the city to audit their food and alcohol sales receipts.
The Task Force made that recommendation to ensure local businesses comply with a state law that allows alcohol sales in bars and restaurants that receive at least 25 percent of their receipts from food sales.
While several aldermen expressed support for the Task Force’s recommendation to allow Sunday alcohol sales to off-premises businesses, such as grocery and convenience stores, from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays, none of the board members were willing this morning to add this or any other recommendation made earlier this month by the Alcohol Task Force, to the board’s agenda for its next meeting on Nov. 2.

However, aldermen can request to add a matter to the agenda up until approval of the agenda, which will be Tuesday at 6 p.m.

 (October 29, 2010)

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    8 Responses to “Aldermen discuss Sunday alcohol sales”

    1. Joe says:

      Hey Oxford Aldermen, your time is growing short – either add this matter to the agenda or face being replaced next election. Oxfordians have had enough of your spineless decisions.

    2. Tobie Baker says:

      Everyone must boycott Pat Patterson’s Square business, University Sporting Goods, immediately and continuously until he officially endorses his own task force’s recommendations.

    3. Jacob Andrews says:

      Cowards. Either this passes or I’m voting the bums out.

    4. Don says:

      Looks like the platform for the 2012 election has been set. You are either against it or for it. I personally believe that Oxford has outgrown the “Mayberry” feel and it’s time to expand and grow the economy.

    5. Don says:

      Also let’s not forget that this was MAYOR PAT PATTERSON’S hand picked group. These were HIS people. And now they recommend something that he disagrees with he is just going to forget about it. I’m ready to vote Pat out!

    6. Madison visitor says:

      I recently spent a Sunday evening in oxford and found it quite pleasant to be so quite and so few restaurants open. Further I was also glad my liver received a break. Good luck on this issue but if you require it I would suggest no bands / music should be heard beyond the establishments exterior walls and I would require Sunday restaurant sales to be fifty percent non alcoholic beverages and food.

      I would offer 10-10. Would be good for restaurants serving brunch.!!!

      One last point is the city really should consider a tram or trolley system in conjunction with ole miss. I would offer you could probably find some good grant money for this. Maybe 3 or 4 routes extending beyond the city center and passing through or by downtown and ole miss It would solve future parking issues, dui’s and student transportation. I would venture you could get if designed right 100,000 yearly passes at $150.

    7. [...] Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson told the board at a special meeting this morning that he will not address the issue again during his administration unless the aldermen request to vote on the measure. He also expressed his concern of enforcing the Task Force’s recommendation that Sunday alcohol sales be allowed at restaurants only at two set times, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. He suggested that if they did move forward to have one open and close time. Pope Mallette, the city attorney, also had concerns about the Task Force’s recommendation that businesses allow the city to audit their food and alcohol sales receipts. The Task Force made that recommendation to ensure local businesses comply with a state law that allows alcohol sales in bars and restaurants that receive at least 25 percent of their receipts from food sales. While several aldermen expressed support for the Task Force’s recommendation to allow Sunday alcohol sales to off-premises businesses, such as grocery and convenience stores, from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays, none of the board members were willing this morning to add this or any other recommendation made earlier this month by the Alcohol Task Force, to the board’s agenda for its next meeting on Nov. 2. However, aldermen can request to add a matter to the agenda up until approval of the agenda, which will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. For more information, follow The Oxford Eagle online. [...]

    8. Nate says:

      I didn’t realize the mayor owns University Sporting Goods. I am upset I bought something from that store on Friday. I will no longer shop there. This whole ordeal is ridiculous. To Madison Visitor: I am glad your liver received a break. It can receive a break in Las Vegas if you don’t want to drink.

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