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Staff:
Agenda:
Gayle L. Conrad, CMC/MRCC, Director of Citizen Services/City Clerk
1/5/2015

AGENDA REPORT
Cape Girardeau City Council

14-284



SUBJECT
An ordinance amending the city's liquor ordinance relating to sales of light wines not in excess of 14% alcohol.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

In order to properly license establishments that serve light wines, it is necessary to update the City's liquor ordinance to mirror the State Statutes.  The State of Missouri licenses retailers of the liquor by the drink not more than 5% and light wine up to 14%.  The City ordinance requires a license for 5% liquor by the drink but does not address light wines.

BACKGROUND/DISCUSSION
In approximately 2010, the State of Missouri eliminated verbiage in the state statutes relating to licensing for liquor by the drink up to 3.2 percent.  At that time, the City updated its ordinance to mirror the State Statute, but in the same ordinance the provision for licensing for light wines was inadvertently removed.  Since that time, the City has continued to license establishments selling wine under the five percent liquor by the drink provision even though the wines exceeded the 5% limit.  Recently this provision of our ordinance was reviewed with the State Liquor Control Agent, and it is recommended that the provision for the licensing of light wines be added back to our ordinance to mirror the state statutes. 

FINANCIAL IMPACT
There will be no financial impact from this ordinance change.  Establishments selling wine have continually been licensed under the 5% liquor by the drink provision at a cost of $52.50 per year.  This rate will remain the same, but the type of license will be amended to be 5% liquor by the drink and light wines not in excess of 14% alcohol.

STAFF RECOMMENDATION
Staff recommends the Council adopt this ordinance amending the City Code relating to liquor licenses to mirror the State Statutes.

ATTACHMENTS:
Name:Description:
Liquor_Revision_5-40(f).docLight Wine Ordinance