Liquor law faces changes

Friday, January 18, 2013

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

CHAPEL HILL - Aldermen and the mayor here are changing their ordinance on liquor stores.

A liquor referendum, approved 2-1 by voters on Nov. 6, came with adoption of the town's liquor store ordinance saying that wine and spirits can't be sold near parks or gathering places.

However, any place could be a gathering place, Town Administrator Mike Hatten said after the board's monthly meeting Monday.

Furthermore, Hatten and Alderman Marion Joyce say the word park could be modified to say city park.

That's to avoid confusion with Henry Horton State Park, Hatten said.

Joyce indicated she also anticipated changes for that reason.

Mayor Carl Cooper on Monday indicated the town's ordinance on liquor stores needed adjustment, but he declined to say how.

"If you're not happy with something, find the weakness and fix it," Cooper said. "There will be a study in our work session."

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen is scheduled for a nonvoting work session at 4 p.m. on Jan. 29 in Town Hall on Unionville Road.