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Reform Council grants
two more liquor licenses, approves bed and breakfast

By Caleb Walters
Correspondent
After the initial approval of alcohol licenses for two Reform businesses, the City Council again held public hearings regarding the sale of alcohol for other local establishments in last Tuesday’s meeting, as well as a hearing from a new business venture in the city.
Before the hearings could be addressed, the Council had several other items to discuss including information from CFM group about tentative improvements and updates to the Reform wastewater treatment plant.  Jonathan Bonner presented the council with bids to rebuild the existing plant on the eastern edge of the city.  
Once plans had been made to move forward with the treatment plant, Reform citizen Charlie Hagan presented his case to appeal a decision made by the zoning board about his property at 501 1st Street. Hagan told the Council that he, along with is wife Patsy, wished to open a bed and breakfast at the location, but could not do so because of the residential classification of the property. It was his hope that the Council would change the zoning on the property to allow for the business to start up.  
Mayor Harton’s main concern with the zoning exception was the perception of the neighbors regarding the bed and breakfast.  Hagan presented a petition to the Council showing support from all 12 of the property’s neighbors for the business. “We’ve received only positive feedback so far,” Hagan said. He also said that he was prepared to purchase a business license for the bed and breakfast.
According to Hagan, the bed and breakfast would only house one lodger or family at a time. He ensured the Council that there is adequate parking for the property, and cited several church functions that had taken place there without issue. He also said that he had no plans to put up an “exotic” sign to draw attention to the business. “We may not be successful, but we want to put our best effort in it,” Hagan said.
Councilwoman Nancy Keasler made a motion to accept Hagan’s appeal of the denied zoning variance, which received numerous seconds and was approved by the Council.
When the zoning issue had been resolved, the Council turned their focus to public hearings from local businesses about licenses to sell alcohol.
The first hearing came from Matt Bogue, a representative from Sprint Mart #4111 in Reform. With the store currently under remodel, Bogue said that the store will be ready to stock the new items. City Clerk Annette Maughan said that the business had met all requirements to be licensed for the sale of wine and beer off premises, and a motion to license the business was approved with an abstention from Councilman Johnny Dean.
A wholesale license was also approved for Greene Beverage Company Inc., after a hearing from their representative Spencer Burchfield and a roll call vote.  
George Dancy from Dancy Station was also present at the meeting to give a public hearing on behalf of his store, but the Council could not vote on a license because it had not received all of Dancy’s paperwork, including a background check.  

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