The Greenville City Council created two new liquor license classifications at its meeting this week.
The motion was approved on a 3 to 1 vote. Mayor Alan Gaffner voted “no.” In favor of the motion were Roger Sanders, John Gillard and Mike Heath. Jes Adam was absent.
The Greenville Plan Commission recommended that the council approve the licenses.
City Manager Dave Willey told WGEL the bar license would allow liquor sales by the drink, without the 51% food requirement. It would apply to any commercial zoning districts with the exception of the downtown area (2 blocks around the courthouse).
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Mayor Gaffner said he voted against the motion because when the sale of alcohol was approved several years ago the council required at least 51 percent in food sales for a business to provide alcohol by the drink. He thinks that should still be honored.
The new Class I license will allow Willie’s Place and the VFW to annex into the city and continue to operate as they always have. Both have indicated they want sewer service when the line is extended along South Fourth Street.
The other new license will be available to caterers, which has a set fee that is good for a year and does not require a special event license.
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The action by the council also allows alcohol to be purchased starting at 6 a.m. on Sundays.