Process For Liquor Applicants Sought

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The quorum court’s law enforcement committee was to meet Feb. 2 to formalize a process for business owners seeking a private club application to serve alcoholic drinks. 

Committee members will consider an ordinance that, if approved, would go to the full court at its Feb. 11 meeting and likely delay a decision to its first applicant seeking approval for the Minute Club at 20899 Highway 5.

The meeting was scheduled for 5:30 p.m., at the Stone County Courthouse Complex. County Judge Stacey Avey said COVID-19 protocol will limit public attendance to around 20 people.

Avey said the proposed ordinance is based on the Alcoholic Beverage Commission questionnaire, and is essentially “moving that step forward in the overall process.”

Local businessman Andy Wittchow requested approval for a private club at the court’s January meeting. It is the first such request considered by the quorum court since the Arkansas General Assembly passed a law moving the first step of permit consideration to the local governing body. The Mountain View City Council did not approve the one request it has considered since the law change.

If the committee and court approve the ordinance and questionnaire, Avey said it would be consistent procedure with other local governing bodies around the state.

Read the complete story in the Feb. 3, 2021 issue.

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