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Publish Date: 9/14/2005

Lyons residents opt against liquor law change


LYONS — Town voters shot down a ballot item Tuesday that would have enabled businesses near Lyons Elementary School to sell liquor.

By a margin of 272-226, residents voted in a special election to continue prohibiting liquor sales within 500 feet of a school.

The results disappointed Stone Cup coffee shop owners Sam and Mindy Tallent, who lobbied for the rule change because they want to serve alcohol on weekend evenings. Their business lies just inside the 500-foot perimeter.

“It’s definitely detrimental to some future plans we had,” Mindy Tallent said Tuesday after learning of the results.

A bright yellow sign outside the Stone Cup on Tuesday trumpeted “Zero Days to Vote Yes.” Two shops down, a sign reading “Keep Lyons lovely; Vote No” hung outside Ralston Bros. Antiques.

State law prohibits the sale of liquor within 500 feet of a school, but allows individual towns and cities to override the rule.

David Gouge, a former trustee, said he reluctantly voted to keep the rule in place, in part because alcohol is already available at too many town events, including festivals and softball games.

“This town pushes enough booze on people,” Gouge said.

The liquor rule was the only item on the ballot Tuesday.

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