Bullard city leaders to discuss Precinct 2 Alcohol election
By KELLY GOOCHkgooch@tylerpaper.com
Bullard leaders are looking at how the city could be affected if residents vote to legalize the sale of beer and wine for off-premises consumption.
The issue is on the Nov. 6 ballot in the city of Tyler and Smith County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, which includes Bullard. In 2010, a proposition to legalize the sale of beer and wine was defeated in Bullard, but a proposition to sell mixed drinks in restaurants passed.
City Attorney Charles Morton said he will talk to the City Council during its meeting Tuesday about some things to consider if the issue passes this time around such as distance regulations and maybe zoning. A city council can adopt an ordinance that prohibits alcohol sales within 300 feet of a public or private school, church and/or public hospital, according to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission website.
“I'm just going to give the council some things for us to consider if it passes. Then we will adopt an ordinance accordingly (at a later date),” Morton said. “I don't know what changes would be needed. We'll just wait and see what the (election) results are and talk about what we may need to do with the city to put an ordinance in place.”
Bullard Mayor Pam Frederick said the city's planning and zoning commission will review all subdivision ordinances because there are ordinances that are seven years old and need to be updated. But the commission is already reviewing sign regulations in light of the upcoming election.
“My concern as mayor is that we get some things in place before beer stores come to town, if they're coming, to protect the appearance of our town,” Mayor Frederick said. “I want to protect the appearance of our little city. I want to keep that small town look. I'm hesitant to think that those less appealing beer stores might pop up.”
Whatever the outcome is, though, she said the city will be prepared so the community is prepared.
“We try to be proactive … We'll just see what the outcome is and see what we need to do so we can handle it,” she said.