KETR Local
3:38 pm
Thu June 4, 2009

Alcohol sales to be allowed in Quinlan?

Quinlan – Signed petitions from a number of Quinlan residents may give voters the opportunity to decide whether alcohol should be sold by local merchants.

Hunt County commissioners are slated to review and possibly approve two petitions pertaining to the sale of alcohol within Quinlan city limits when they meet Friday morning. If the petitions are approved, the items will be placed on the Nov. 3 ballot.

The first ballot issue will decide whether voters approve the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption. The second issue, if approved by voters, will allow the legal sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders.

The petitions were submitted last month to the Hunt County Voter Administration Office by Austin-based Texas Petition Strategies.

78 signatures were needed on each petition in order to place the item on the ballot. There were 97 signatures on both.

On May 9, voters in Paris and Emory chose in favor the aforementioned propositions. Reno voters, however, rejected a similar ballot item. Last November, Greenville residents voted in favor of the sale of beer and wine at stores and mixed beverages in restaurants.