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Liquor vote postponed

Farragut officials again postponed any action on making an amendment to the town’s liquor ordinance after lengthy conversation during the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting March 8.

“I was able to get in full form the revisions from previous meetings,” Tom Hale, town attorney, said. “I think we can wait until the next meeting to vote on the matter.”

Hale said in the ordinance in progress he was able to distinguish between on-premise consumption, such as a restaurant, and off-premise consumption, as in a liquor store.

The ordinance in progress, Hale said, established distances a liquor store needs to be from mortuaries, churches, residential neighborhoods, other liquor stores and schools.

“We pointed out in the last meeting the term ‘school’ was a little vague,” Hale said. “I changed that definition and tried to encompass all we talked about at the last


The conversation of distances sparked a slight debate because Board members debated the merits of having town staff verify if a proposed liquor store meets proper distance requirements. Members suggested the possibility of having an applicant certify that his or her plans meet town requirements.

“Why have the town do it separately?” Alderman Tom Rosseel asked. “That doesn’t make much sense to me.”

“I think the staff would have to do some verifications,” Hale said.

“What happens if staff finds a misrepresentation of facts?” Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III said.

“I’d hope staff would contact the applicant and tell them there is something amiss and have a discussion and an opportunity to do something about it,” Hale said.

Michael Harb of Southern-palm Inc., filed for the amendment of the town municipal code concerning location of liquor store outlets several months ago. Harb is seeking to purchase the current Aubrey’s property and develop it into a package store.

In other business, the FBMA:

• approved a special events application permit for Michael Bates Homes for the Southern Living Showcase home, 12617 Bridgemore Blvd.


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