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)