Kayla Fleming/For the Times The Lafayette City Beer Board met in front of a sizable crowd at Lafayette City Hall last Thursday evening.

Kayla Fleming/For the Times

The Lafayette City Beer Board met in front of a sizable crowd at Lafayette City Hall last Thursday evening.

The Lafayette Beer Board met in front of a sizable crowd on Thursday evening to further discuss proposals from its November meeting.

The board met to discuss changing the distance requirements for selling beer from 500 feet to 300 feet for places of public gathering, which the board described as "hospitals, nursing homes, parks, and daycares, for the purpose of this resolution."

They also planned to discuss allowing beer sells on Sundays and on-premise beer consumption.

The distance requirement that the board discussed had been previously passed by the board to be recommended to the city council. The proposal would not affect the distance requirement for schools or churches, which is currently 500 feet door to door.

Council member Roger Russell motioned that the proposal not be recommended to the city council, and fellow council member Pam Cothron seconded the motion. Russell and Cothron were the only board members to vote in favor of the motion, and therefore, the motion failed and will be presented to the council. The proposal must be approved by the city council after two readings.

The second proposal discussed was Sunday beer sales. The board did not give much discussion to this proposal at the November meeting, but it had rewritten the proposal to allow beer sales from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sundays. The board did not approve this proposal but instead voted to further discussion at the January meeting.

"It was changed from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. to 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday afternoon," Lafayette Mayor Richard Driver said. "It was changed basically to allow the sale of beer after church services."

Russell asked the crowd at the meeting to raise their hands if they "opposed the sale of beer on Sunday afternoons." Many people in the room raised their hands.

Russell told those at the meeting that he had only spoken with 10 people who approved "changes to the beer board."

There was little discussion from the beer board itself concerning the sales, but many members of the audience gave their opinion on the matter. Ron Morey, who had previously spoken at beer board meetings, questioned how many in attendance were citizens of Lafayette and why they opposed selling beer on Sundays.

Many citizens responded that their reasoning was found in the Bible. Driver responded that he was also a Christian and had prayed about the decisions being made by the beer board and the city council.

"I pray to the Lord to give me the strength and direction that he wants me to go," Driver said.

Council member Jerry Willmore motioned to recommend Sunday beer sales to the city council. However, the motion was not seconded.

Council member Steve Turner motioned that the beer board proceed no further with the proposal, and Russell seconded the motion. The motion was passed by a vote of 4-1, with Willmore voting no.

The final proposal discussed was on-premise beer consumption. Cothron made the motion to not present the proposal to the council, and Russell seconded. The motion passed with again with a vote of 4-1, with Willmore voting no.

The distance requirement was to be presented at the Lafayette City Council meeting on Tuesday.

The next beer board meeting will be held on Jan. 31 to discuss potential penalties for two establishments found to be selling alcohol to minors.