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City compromises on beer distance
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A last-minute compromise by McMinnville officials ended with only the Downtown Historic District having its 300-foot distance restriction between churches, schools and establishments that sell beer removed.The measure to remove the distance restriction from only the C1 Historic District passed 6-1. Voting in favor were Mayor Jimmy Haley, Vice Mayor Ben Newman, and Aldermen Mike Neal, Ryle Chastain, Steve Harvey and Everett Brock. Voting against it was Aldermen Jimmy Bonner.Negotiations began with Alderman Neal saying he contacted Melissa Ashburn, legal consultant from Municipal Technical Advisory Service.