The Morris City Council passed a resolution at last night’s meeting opposing the concept of allowing the sale of strong beer, spirits and wine to be sold anywhere but the municipal liquor store. City Manager Blaine Hill noted that in the coming legislative session, there will be a big lobbying push by big box retailers to sell liquor in places like grocery stores. But Hill said such a move would spell the end of the Morris Liquor Store.
Hill said the move is a protective one, and noted that the liquor store makes a profit, monies which are then used to fund other city activities.
Council member Kim Gullickson had some initial reservations about the resolution, noting that consumers might prefer other options.
In the end, the resolution passed unanimously. Only a change in state law would allow other retailers to sell liquor in Morris city limits.