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Voting on the wine ordinance

The following explanation of the referendum regarding the ordinance allowing the sale of wine on sidewalks in downtown Mitchell will appear on ballots for the city's voters for the June 3 election.

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"In June of 2013 the Mitchell City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2437, which, subject to certain limitations and conditions, would permit holders who derive at least 50 percent of gross income from prepared food sales or immediate consumption, including consumption upon a portion of the sidewalk fronting the business in the Central Business District of the city of Mitchell, to also sell and serve wine. The ordinance in effect authorized sidewalk cafes with wine available. A business would have to be the holder of an on-sale wine license to operate a sidewalk café serving prepared food and wine under the ordinance. The ordinance imposes various safety restrictions, requires a special permit from the city and special insurance to protect the public and the city from liability. A referendum petition on the ordinance was presented to the city referring the matter to a vote of the public.

• "A "Yes" vote is a vote in favor of passage of the ordinance and would permit the serving of wine at a sidewalk cafe.

• "A "No" vote is a vote against the passage of the ordinance and would prohibit the serving of wine at a sidewalk cafe."

Only Mitchell residents can vote on the ordinance. The two polling places for Tuesday's election are Gertie Belle Rogers and L.B. Williams elementary schools in Mitchell. Voters can contact the Davison County Auditor's Office at 995-8608 to inquire about where to vote.