Kayla Fleming/For the Times Convenience store owner Juan Pablo Perez asked the council to consider allowing Sunday beer sales.

Kayla Fleming/For the Times

Convenience store owner Juan Pablo Perez asked the council to consider allowing Sunday beer sales.

The Lafayette City Council heard several guest speakers on Sept. 4 concerning serving beer by the beverage, as well as beer sales on Sundays.

Chirag Patel, owner of two local convenience stores as well as three in Westmoreland, spoke to the council about allowing beer sales on Sundays.

"We can sell hard liquor, so why can't we sell beer," Patel said. "We lose the tax and everything.

"We lose business, the city loses tax."

Patel said that he sees a noticeable increase in his Westmoreland stores' sales on Sundays.

"When we passed the beer in Westmoreland, we got increased business," Patel said.

He also told the council that most of his stores' Sunday beer sells are to customers from Lafayette.

Juan Pablo Perez, owner of a local convenience store as well as one in Kentucky, also spoke concerning Sunday beer sells.

"We are losing business on Sundays," Perez said. "We have customers come in, and when we tell them we don't sell beers on Sundays, they just walk out. They don't buy anything else. If we can't sell beer, we can't sell anything else."

Perez said that customers will go to Westmoreland or Red Boiling Springs.

"Why not get them to stay here," Perez said.

Ron Morey spoke with the council concerning on-site beer consumption.

"There are restaurants in Lafayette that would like to serve beer," Morey said. "What's the big deal? I meet a lot of young (people) who love to travel on Saturday nights. My wife and I do too, but on the chance that a decent restaurant would move in and want to sell beer, that would keep people from going."

• The council will be holding a beer board meeting on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Lafayette City Council chambers to further discuss beer sales on Sundays, on-site beer consumption, and changing of the requirements to issue a beer permit.

• The council also voted and approved the Home Program Grant Policies and Procedures.

• The council appointed Kristin Hix as commissioner of the Lafayette Housing Authority for a five-year term.

• The council also adopted Ordinance 728, which amended the setback requirement for pools in low-density areas from 15 feet to five feet. The council also adopted Ordinance 729, which also amended the setback requirement for pools in high-density areas.

• The council also passed Ordinance 730, which issues a refund or credit to customers who purchased a garbage can from the city of Lafayette when that customer terminates his/her city services.

• The council adopted Ordinance 731, which reads, "Prior to installation or replacement of drain tiles for driveways attaching to the public streets of the City of Lafayette, Tennessee, the approval for the installation and type of tile shall be obtained from the director of public works for the City of Lafayette, Tennessee."

• The council adopted Ordinance 732 which reads, "Any comp or annual leave used to fill out a day must be approved by the mayor or the superintendent before leaving work that day. At no time can any type of leave be used to 'fill out' a week short of 40 hours worked or a regularly scheduled work week or from leaving work early. Any accumulated comp time shall be used before any annual leave is used for time off."

• The council approved a $40,000 amendment for the airport partial parallel taxiway. The funds were granted by the state. The city of Lafayette must match 5 percent of the amendment at $2,000. The council also approved Cleary Construction's revised bid of $1,294,579.10 for the project.

• The council authorized Mayor Richard Driver to proceed with the application process for a Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) $1 million sidewalk grant. The city of Lafayette must match 5 percent at $50,000. The planned project will install sidewalks along Highway 52 from the Highway 10 intersection to the entrance to Winding Stairs Park.

• The council authorized to advertise and take bids for a remote methane leak detector for the gas department.

• They also authorized to advertise and take bids for repairs to be made to the city pool.

• The council authorized to advertise and take bids for flooring and cabinets for the Winding Stairs Park cabin.

• The council accepted Wastewater Treatment Plant operator trainee Stephen Beck's letter of resignation and authorized to hire Ethan Crowder for the position.

• The council also authorized to hire Heather Hightower and Roger Cross for part-time dispatcher positions.

• The council authorized to advertise and accept applications for a public works laborer.