Liquor Commission Seeks Business Friendly Changes
The Galesburg Liquor Commission met Monday where small changes to the way alcohol is sampled in the City were proposed.

Members of the commission - who also represent Hy-Vee and G&M distributors - suggested lifting the cap on alcohol sampling for Class C liquor retailers.

Currently, the liquor code limits the number of samplings businesses can conduct on their property to 15 per year.

Liquor Commission Member Tina Gummerson tells WGIL that the distributors felt the cap was a bit restrictive but that she didn't favor allowing samplings every day during the year.

"Even though they can only serve one ounce, they can only do it for 16 hours in a day, and they can only serve one person one sample. They are still required to do their carding and that sort of thing. It just seems like not a good message, that you're able to offer these samplings 365 days a year."

Gummerson says the proposal strikes a balance between being friendly to the needs of business and keeping alcohol consumption responsible in the City.

The Commission settled on 36 samplings per year for each distributor located in Galesburg. The proposals would have to be approved by the Galesburg City Council before they are implemented.

Also on Monday: adding language to better allow for alcohol sampling at City festivals was considered. That particular proposal involved adding language to change the fencing requirements at those events to prevent underage drinking.
09 10 13 by Newsroom
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