Does a couple hundred feet make a difference when it comes to how far a liquor store should be from a school?
A proposal in Moline has some people wondering how close is too close.
Right now, Moline liquor stores must be a minimum of 300 feet away from schools, for example.
But city leaders are trying to cut that distance down to 100 feet.
"We're always reviewing our different ordinances and our statutes," said 5th Ward Alderman Lori Turner.
The ordinance applies to churches, hospitals, retirement homes, veteran homes, and military or naval stations as well.
Moline city leaders said both federal and state guidelines already have 100 feet as the minimum distance.
And surrounding communities do too.
So why shouldn't Moline?
"We're all trying to stay within the same guidelines and be fair to everybody who applies or wherever they apply," said Turner.
Another proposal tonight would raise the cost of most liquor licenses in the city by a hundred dollars.
Just like the other proposal, city leaders said it's mostly about money.
"It is more business–friendly. We have a lot of competition between the Iowa side and the Illinois side and if you can bring jobs and restaurants to the city it's always a good thing for residents," said Turner.
People we talked to were on both sides of the issue.
"I really don't see a problem with it because most minors they can't buy alcohol or cigarettes or anything anyways so I mean if it helps local businesses, that's kind of something that we need in this area," said Peter Rebenar an East Moline resident.
But most were against the ordinance passing.
"It's basically promoting using alcohol and stuff I mean, in churches you have AA meetings and I have a friend that goes to AA meeting and just coming out of a church and seeing that, that's like temptation and they don't need that," said Cassandra Miles of Moline.
Tuesday night is the first reading, a vote will be made next week by the city council.
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