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April 10, 2013

Contested package store subject of court hearing

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"I just made a statement about what had happened in three city council meetings and the outcome of the vote," he said. "We had to approve the specific-use permit, but we instructed the staff to protest vigorously."

He said many citizens attended city council hearings during which they shared concerns about the proposed location of the business, adding he brought up those instances in his statement.

"I just finished up by saying there was a large number of people in council chambers against [the store] and the council believed that the citizens of Mineral Wells were against having it there."

In addition to himself and Haterius, Allen said a number of other individuals opposed the store's proposed location during the hearing, including Mineral Wells Police Chief Dean Sullivan, City Attorney Geroge Gault, TABC officials, and two parishioners of Calvary Baptist Church.

"They say there is a time and place for everything," he said, "but I do not believe the citizens of Mineral Wells believe this is the time or place, now, for this."

Although the store's proposed location would fall within the parameters included in city ordinance – a 300-foot buffer between a package store and any church, public school, public hospital, day care or childcare facilities – school board members requested an increased 1,000-foot buffer.

Nicklas said the next step is his, adding he will review the court reporter's transcript "to make sure everything I think I heard is based on the law and facts presented today."

As of the Index's deadline, neither Stricklin nor his attorney had responded to requests for comment.

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