The letter, read at the council’s Oct. 1 meeting, was from Carolyn, Richard and Mark Nicholson. They presented Sunday sales as a way to improve their business, City Manager Jane Richards said.
“It hurts their business. That’s the issue — it’s hurting their business,” Richards said about the store’s inability to sell alcohol on Sunday. “If [customers] don’t come in there to buy their beer on Sunday, they’re not going to stop and get gas there or buy anything else, you see. So that’s what the issue is.”
Richards said the council did not make any comment for or against the Sunday sales initiative. As there is still more than a year before the issue would be on a ballot, she said the council would have plenty of time to discuss the matter and hear feedback from residents.
Richards also updated the council on the city’s sewer project. The most recent numbers give the city 107 sign-ups for the planned sewer system, which leaves 33 sign-ups still needed before funding for the project is released. While Richards said there was no specific deadline to get the necessary 140 needed, she was hoping to get them all before the end of the year.
“We’ve got a lot of people who own a lot of property around there who want to see the sewer come in. It might help a little bit with growth and people being able to do something with their property,” she said.
The council also approved holding a Spring Festival next year. The planning committee is scheduled to meet Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. at city hall.
Other council business included:
• Approving the purchase of a new Dodge Charger to replace the police department’s 2005 Ford Crown Victoria.
• Discussing the purchase of a used tractor for mowing sewer easements.
The White City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at city hall.