A motion to allow the sale by the package of beer and wine in Ila died for a lack of a second June 7.
Following a public hearing where residents sparsely represented both sides of the issue, the council allowed a motion to accept the ordinance to die without a second.
With no vote taken on the proposal the issue is eligible to be brought back before the council next month or anytime in the future.
The main cause for concern for the council seemed to be the financial burden upon the city if the city had to maintain the records necessary for each applicant that wished to sell package beer or wine. Currently the only applicant who has approached the council is John Davis.
Davis is renovating the former Ila sewing plant into a gas station and grocery store.
For those speaking in favor of approval of a package sale ordinance, the potential revenue of tax dollars was a main focus point as well as the fact that several stores close to Ila already sale beer and wine but having it available in town it would be a convenience for residents.
Opponents voiced concerns about the potential for crime and public safety obligations that come along with such an ordinance.
In other business, the council noted that the city is on schedule to flush the water lines Saturday (June 12) starting around 7 a.m.
The council also set July 31 as the date for the city’s centennial celebration. The nature of the 100-year anniversary of the forming of the town will depend upon community enthusiasm and participation, the council decided.
Currently the celebration is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday, July 31.
The July meeting of the council will remain on the first Monday, July 5, at the regular time.