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9/10/09

Council approves alcohol near church & near Wesley Foundation

LUBBOCK TX (KCBD) - Should a Lubbock church have to be neighbors with a place that sells package alcohol?  City Council approved several locations Thursday including the Valero at 1414 University.  

As a rule, the city council has approved each variance or "special permission" to sell alcohol near Texas Tech.  A retired Methodist Minister tells NewsChannel 11 that the city council completely forgot that the Valero is also next door to the Wesley Foundation, which is an extension of First United Methodist Church.  And it's also right across the street from St. John's Methodist Church. After the minister contacted NewsChannel 11, we contacted Wesley Foundation director Al Martin. Martin was surprised at the news and says he has concerns.

Councilman John Leonard seems to agree saying this is not what voters expected. "Our council pledged to them we would be careful in how alcohol would be, especially since we're just staring off, that we would have rules in place to protect them from having alcohol on every corner."

Under state law, local governments can prohibit sale of alcohol near churches but they don't have to.

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