Monticello council reverses course in giving OK to Sunday liquor sales
Monticello City Council members voted 3-2 Monday night to reverse a previous decision against Sunday liquor sales after a reopening discussion was added to the meeting agenda.
Councilmember Lloyd Hilgart asked that the item be added to the agenda at the start of the meeting.
After reopening discussion and listening to comments from Hilgart that focused on ancillary benefits to local businesses if Sunday sales were allowed, the council voted 3-2 in favor of allowing Sunday liquor sales at Monticello’s Hi-Way Liquors after rescinding its prior action.
Voting in favor of Sunday liquor were Mayor Brian Stumpf, Hilgart and Charlotte Gabler.
Voting against were Councilmembers Bill Fair and Jim Davidson.
Earlier this month, Monticello City Council members voted 3-2 to take a highly selective approach to Sunday liquor.
City leaders at that time approved a motion to change the Hi-Way Liquors store schedule to allow Sunday sales only on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 this year for hours allowed by a recent change in state law.