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Sale of alcohol to be on May 11 ballot
by Tim Delaney
Feb 22, 2013 | 1560 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Three Rivers City Council received two petitions from resident Billy Horton to be put before the city’s voters. The petitions were submitted to the council at its meeting Monday, Feb. 11.

One petition is for the legal sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption. For example: the sale of alcohol at a liquor store or a grocery store.

One hundred, twenty-three Three Rivers voters signed the petition.

The second petition is for the sale of alcoholic beverages in bars and restaurants where the consumption is in-house.

One hundred, thirty-eight voters signed the second petition.

Three Rivers already is “wet” for beer.

According to Harry Schulz, the city attorney, placing the petitions before the voters on May 11 is legal as long as the petitions meet the requirements.

“It is governed by the number of voters in the last governor’s election,” Schulz said. “It has to be 35 percent of that.”

The last governor’s election was in 2010.

Without the recently annexed areas in Three Rivers, 35 percent of the 288 voters who voted in the last governor’s race would be 100.8 people.

“They appear to have met the requirements,” Schulz said.

He added that the city is required by statute to put the petitions on the ballot.

The council received the petitions and ordered the election in which voters would decide the issues on alcohol sales.

The council also approved a Three Rivers Centennial Committee “Big Bang” (event to celebrate July 4) event budget. The maximum from the hotel/motel tax that can be used was $50,000.

The budget will cover the event’s fireworks display and band.

The council also approved of refinancing its debt with a bank to be paid off in 20 years.

The city can get a fixed rate of 3.065 percent for the next 15 years. After that for the remaining five years, it can get a 4.36 percent rate.

The refinancing would save the city $2.8 million, according to Mike Kellner of Wells Nelson and Associates.

The council also agreed to sell water from its wells in McMullen and Atascosa counties.

The rate would never be lower than 25 cents a barrel but could be higher, according to Schulz.

The mayor and city attorney will negotiate the one-time sales.

The council also approved $23,000 in improvements to the Hilbert H. Kopplin Memorial Park pavilion.

A 40 by 40 foot concrete slab will be poured with 3/8-inch rebar, and the roof will be gabled.

The bid came from Gary Muniz Welding. The money will come from the city’s park fund.

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