Anna Council hears opposition to Sunday liquor sales

Opposition to the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday was voiced at last week's regular meeting of the Anna City Council.

The meeting was Tuesday evening, Dec. 20, at Anna City Hall.

Council members are reviewing a major streamlining of the city's existing ordinances.

The ordinances were the focus of lengthy discussion at the council's regular meetings on Dec. 6 and again on Dec. 20.

One of the changes which is under review would allow for the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays in Anna. Such sales have been prohibited for many years in the Union County community.

About a half dozen community members attended the Dec. 20 meeting. Several of those who attended the meeting spoke out – all in opposition to the sale of alcohol on Sundays.

Several of those who spoke were opposed to the sale of alcohol in Anna at any time.

Those who voiced their opposition to Sunday sales cited such concerns as abuse of alcohol, crime, the negative impact on families and young people, and motorists who drive under the influence.

Anna Mayor Jim Cross welcomed the input from those who attended the meeting. He also noted that the issue was still under discussion and that no action would be taken at the Dec. 20 meeting.

"We have not made a decision," the mayor said. He said the council will be thoroughly discussing the issue.

"It's a hard decision for all of us," Cross said.

Another topic of discussion for the council is a proposed increase in fees for liquor licenses.

An across-the-board increase of $300 is anticipated. The new rates would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013. The new rates would range from $300 to $1,500 a year.

Revision of the city's ordinances governing the sale of alcohol is expected to be on the council's agenda for several more meetings.

A new ordinance which is drafted as a result of the council's discussion will be reviewed by the city attorney. The city council will approve the final ordinance.

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