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Springfield delays liquor law debate
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The Springfield City Council postponed approval of a proposed liquor by the drink ordinance and fee schedule until the council’s next meeting on March 11.

“After reading through this very thoroughly, I found some issues I think we need to take care of,” City Manager Brett Bennett said.

He said he has spoken with officials in Rincon and believes that there are some areas of the Springfield ordinance that need to be addressed before the council votes to approve it.

Bennett recommended council members allow him time to go through it and then either set up a called meeting before the next scheduled council meeting or go over it then.

Council member Kenny Usher said he feels the ordinance needs to “be as well put together as possible.”

Bennett said there were too many changes to be made to approve the ordinance at that time. He said some of the issues that need to be addressed in the ordinance are wholesale tax and penalties for violations.

“I felt it was too lenient,” Bennett said.

The draft allowed four warnings prior to revoking of the license.

“We don’t need to let it get that far,” Bennett said.

Also at its meeting Tuesday night, the council approved the annexation of property south of the city on Highway 21.

Mayor Barton Alderman also told the council the city has received the official announcement of the $300,000 Federal Transportation Enhancement Funding.

Alderman said the wording says the city has the funding, but is not allowed to move forward at this time.