SIKESTON -- A bill to tighten restrictions on operating hours for any business licensed to allow the consumption of liquor was approved by the Sikeston City Council as an emergency ordinance during their regular meeting Monday, making it effective immediately.
The bill adds a section to city code that clarifies that any person with a consumption of liquor license must close the premises between the hours of 1:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays and between 1:30 a.m. Sunday and 6 p.m. Monday, according to Chuck Leible, city counselor.
"A 'closed place' is defined to mean a place where all doors are locked and where no patrons are in the place or about the premises," Leible read from the ordinance.
Leible said while the local liquor control agent believes state law differs on places that sell alcohol and those licensed to just allow consumption of alcohol, "the city has the right to be more stringent than the state."
In other business Monday:
* A bill calling for a general election April 4 was read for the first time.
Incumbent Mike Marshall and Wayne Morgan have filed for the office of mayor while incumbents Jim Terrell in Ward 2 and David Teachout in Ward 3 are unopposed in their bids for new terms.
* Council approved a resolution supporting the Historic Midtown Development Group.
As part of their plan to revitalize the downtown area, the group is seeking 501-C3 not-for-profit status, according to Jim Bucher of the Historic Midtown Development Group.
During the application process it was suggested that the group include more evidence of the city's support and cooperation, Bucher said.
* An authorization to execute the lease of the old Essex building by Cott Industries was tabled.