Elizabethton council to decide between liquor store applicants

John Thompson • Jan 23, 2013 at 9:50 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The city of Elizabethton released the agenda for Jan. 31’s called City Council meeting to decide which three of six applicants will be allowed to move forward on establishing liquor stores in the city.

The actions to be taken next week are the result of a successful referendum during November’s municipal to authorize liquor stores within the city.

The called council meeting will start at 6 p.m. The first item of new business on the agenda is the introduction of the six applicants. They will be introduced in alphabetical order. The applicants include the following:

- William B. Armstrong, an Elizabethton dentist, who would be owner of East Side Liquor and Wine, which would be located in Suites 5 and 6 of a shopping center at 1201 U.S. Highway 19E Bypass.

- Billy Chappell, a Johnson City businessman who began the petition drive to get the referendum on the ballot, and would-be owner of Lighthouse Wine and Liquor, in a shopping center he owns at 1933 W. Elk Ave.

- Roy B. Hyder, owner of the Sunshine Market, who would be owner of Sunshine Liquor and Wine at 825 N. Lynn Ave.

- Chris Joker, of Johnson City, who would establish E-Town Spirits in a suite of the West Towne Shopping Center at 167 Hudson Drive.

- Carl Ray Nidiffer and Charles Bridges who would form a partnership to operate Doe River Wine and Spirits at Bridges’ former restaurant at 630 Broad St. Nidiffer is the owner of Precipitator Service Group.

- Shane Donald Wilcox and Donald Wilcox who would form a partnership to operate First Round Wine and Spirits in a suite at Shoppes on Elk, 422 Railroad St.

Following the introductions, the council will take public comments, beginning with comments from those who are opposed to a particular applicant and then take comments from those who wish to speak in favor of an applicant.

Following the public comments, the council will begin awarding the three certificates of compliance. The process will be divided into three separate discussions, beginning with the first certificate, followed by a decision on the second certificate and ending with a decision on the final certificate.

Each award would begin with nominations. That would be followed by discussions and then a vote will be taken. Once the vote is taken on the first award, the process is repeated on the second award and then the third and final award.

For the applicants who receive the awards, it is only the first step. They must still receive a license from the state before they can legally open a liquor store.

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