One year after local retailers began selling beer and wine for off premise consumption in Erath County, the Stephenville City Council will consider allowing a convenience store in the neighborhood of Tarleton State University to cash in on the sales.
At Tuesday’s council meeting, citizens will have an opportunity to speak their minds on a variance to the alcoholic beverage ordinance to allow the sale of alcohol at Texan Kwik Stop, located at 1362 W. Washington Street.
Although the store does not currently sale beer and wine, it is located in proximity of two establishments, Bostock’s Billiards & Bar and Montana Restaurant, which have sold alcohol for on premise consumption for several years.
Prior to Erath County going wet, a city ordinance dictated that businesses could not sell alcohol if the distance between the business and school was within 300 feet - at the time, the distance was measured from front door to front door. Last December, the council adopted an ordinance that states the distance is now measured from property line to property line. Using the current standard of measurement, the Texan Kwik Stop would not be allowed to sell alcohol without the variance since it is located within 300 feet of the university.
Another hot topic on the agenda is a discussion regarding Tarleton area streets currently owned by the city, including part of N. Lillian Avenue, all of N. Rome Avenue and portions of W. Tarleton and W. Vanderbilt streets.
The council will consider adopting an ordinance to vacate and close parts of the streets and sign them over to the university. At a recent council meeting, City Administrator Mark Kaiser said the city will maintain rights and access to the water and sewer infrastructure below the roadways.
Once the streets are property of the university, Tarleton will have the option to close the right-of-ways to public use.
In other items of business, the council will hold public hearings and consider action on two separate zoning issues, including a request to rezone lots in the 1000-1200 block of College Farm Rd. from I - “Industrial District” to R-3 - “Multiple Family Residential District;” and the amending of the city’s zoning ordinance regarding the permitted uses in the neighborhood business, retail and commercial business, central business and industrial districts.
Following recent committee meetings, the council will also consider the approval of appointments to a number of citizen boards and commissions, and also hear a report on the preliminary design for the relocation of Fire Station No. 2.
Relevant to the council’s Finance Committee, the council will consider approving the city’s financial investment policies, strategies and management practices; consider approving the renewal of contract with MuniServices, LLC; and discuss the city’s bond rating. MuniServices audits local hotels and motels to ensure the establishments are tallying the correct totals when it comes to funds owed for the occupancy tax.
The council meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers at 298 W. Washington in Stephenville.