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With the recent election results declaring the off-premise sale of beer and wine legal within the city limits, Mount Enterprise City Council held a special called meeting and workshop to hash out some of the pre-ordinance details. 

While the council is aiming for a January 1 start for Mount Enterprise businesses, the stipulations for city officials and business owners are many, and much work will need to be done to ensure compliance with the particulars of Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code (TABC) 109.33. 

Any business applying for licensure and permits to sell alcoholic beverages must be outside of 300 feet of a church, public or private school, or public hospital, which can extend up to 1,000 feet in the case of a public school building if so requested by the school’s board of trustees. 

The school shouldn’t pose any problems for downtown businesses, but with an abundance of churches located in the downtown area, almost every store stands to be affected by this statute. 

TABC 109.33 Section (b) states that the measurement of the distance between the place of business where alcoholic beverages are sold and the church or public hospital shall be along the property lines of the street fronts and from front door to front door, and in direct line across intersections. Until specific measurements are taken, alcohol sales are up in the air for three of the four currently operating convenience stores downtown. The near-complete CEFCO and Family Dollar should both be clear of the statutes once applications are accepted. 

Councilmembers briefly discussed permit and licensure fees to be assessed by the city and with no definitive total, the cost will land at approximately 50% of the TABC cost which can be in the low 1000s. 

The council also canvassed the November 3, 2020 election totals which saw the return of council members Jim Reece, Harvey Graves, and Mary Baird. 

Mount Enterprise Mayor, Brandon Jones heard the Anti-Bribery and Oaths of Office of councilmembers Reece and Graves and issued their Certificates of Election. Baird was not in attendance, so her oaths and certification will be held until the next meeting at the end of November, at which time the council will adopt Resolution 2020-1107-1R, declaring the City Councilmembers for Places 1, 3, and 5. 

City Marshall Jon Randolph proudly introduced his new K9 partner Vana to the council and meeting attendees. He announced that updates to the Marshal’s vehicle had been made, and his new partner was adjusting well to her new job. 

With city business managed council did move to adjourn as the call of the sweet treats provided by City Secretary Suzanne Pharr became too strong to ignore. 

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