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The Rundown – City Commission to consider Sunday liquor sales

Post Date:04/24/2019 10:54 AM

The Rundown is prepared by the City of Newton Public Information Office to summarize the City Commission meeting and does not represent official Commission minutes.

7 p.m. April 23, 2019, Newton City Commission meeting

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the City Commission directed City staff to prepare an ordinance allowing Sunday liquor sales in the city of Newton.

Murray Anderson, owner of Anderson Liquor on East 12th Street, told Commissioners that he used to be opposed to Sunday sales because it was a day off for his employees, but he has since changed his mind. Because many surrounding cities now allow Sunday sales, Anderson said it’s time for Newton to make the change to stay competitive. Lori Seron, manager of the north Dillons store, also spoke in support.

Retail sales research by Buxton shows that 2018 sales of alcoholic beverages totaled $7.1 million in Newton, with an estimated potential of $2.8 million in additional sales. Presumably, allowing sales on Sunday would capture some of those potential sales.

City staff will draft an ordinance for the City Commission to consider at their next meeting on May 14. If the Commission were to adopt the ordinance, there would be a 60-day protest period after the second publication. If a protest petition is filed with signatures from at least 5% of voters in the last presidential election (375 signatures), an election would be required.

Community recognition

The Commission recognized the 2019 Newton Area Women of the Year: Val Gleason, Lynnette Hendrickson and Christa Jahay.

In other action, the City Commission:

  1. Appointed Cindy Simons to the Newton Housing Authority; Gary Denny to the Wholesale Water District #17; and David Jackson II and Rich Stinnett to the Library Board.
  2. Proclaimed May 6-12 as Music Week.
  3. Proclaimed April 25 as Arbor Day.
  4. Proclaimed May 12-18 as National Police Week and May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day.
  5. Proclaimed May 19-25 as Public Works Week.
  6. Approved a request to waive all special event fees for Blues, Brews & Barbecue on Sept. 28.
  7. Approved a application for a cereal malt beverage license for Jump Start Store #18.
  8. Approved the Capital Improvement Program for 2019-2024.
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