Crump board debates ending Sunday beer sales

Oct. 7– Crump officials are considering cutting into the city’s always tight budget.

At a special called planning session Tuesday evening, members of the Crump Board of Mayor and Aldermen spent more than two hours discussing how to possibly revamp the city’s beer ordinance.

The focus on perhaps eliminating Sunday beer sales comes after officials informally agreed during previous discussions that increasing the required distance between beer outlets and churches was not practical for legal reasons.

Crump Mayor Glen Spencer said around half a dozen churches in the city would be happy to see Sunday beer sales banned, and that the board should consider those concerns.

Alderman Vicky Cotner is one resident with a strong opposition to alcohol sales. She cast the recent lone vote in opposition to granting River Heights Restaurant a city permit for on-premises beer sales. 

“I cannot sit here tonight and vote yes,” she said at the Sept. 22 city beer board meeting, “because I have lived in a home that was destroyed because of alcohol. I cannot in good faith vote for this business to sell alcohol to any human being, knowing the grief and heartache this can cause to a family.”


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