The wheels of government have finally turned in favor of wine and liquor.
McMinnville officials unanimously approved two ordinances Tuesday night that will allow package liquor stores and wine in grocery stores inside the city limits.
Per the liquor ordinance, there were no provisions that would limit the number of liquor store licenses issued, or require Warren County residency by those applying for a license. The only restriction is one person will not be allowed to operate more than one store in McMinnville.
In attendance were Mayor Jimmy Haley, Vice Mayor Ben Newman and Aldermen Everett Brock, Ryle Chastain, Kate Alsbrook and Steve Harvey. Mike Neal was absent.
City attorney Tim Pirtle reviewed both ordinances, made no changes, and offered his approval.
“The sections that I wanted to review more carefully were four or five pages taken directly from the General Code, the Tennessee Code, with regard to the mechanics of reporting and enforcing the collection of the tax,” said Pirtle. “Upon further review, those provisions are all contained in the General Code which is incorporated into our ordinance by reference."
Legal counsel was also asked to consider including sign restrictions within the ordinance pertaining to liquor stores to prevent a massive liquor sign from being placed.
Pirtle said none were included within the ordinance due to the city having zoning districts, signage limitations included, and any restrictions to a package liquor store sign needs to be placed there.
“Vice Mayor Newman wanted to address advertising,” said Pirtle. “I’ve learned in my research that we need to bring that through city zoning instead of through this ordinance. We will be addressing that long before any license applications are approved.”
The city’s Planning and Zoning Department is in the process of making the necessary changes.