Dalke said the local notaries who signed off on the petition should have understood the requirements. She said the Secretary of State?s office indicated it would be contacting each of those notaries.
Two people expressed their disappointment with that outcome.
?It?s a shame that we would hurt our local notaries by talking to the state about it. I think that really doesn?t pertain to the issue,? one of them said.
Beyond the procedural error, Shepherd spoke to his personal opposition to alcohol use in general, citing past family experiences as a key reason.
As for the ordinance allowing the sale of alcohol on Sundays, Shepherd cited the vulnerability of local college students.
?We?ve got 500 or so Tabor students and they have enough temptation, I personally feel,? he said. ?Being away from home for the first time, I know they sign a thing (lifestyle contract) that they will do right, but peer pressure is a lot sometimes.
?And maybe, just that day, this might (make a difference).?
Earlier during his remarks, Shepherd wanted the council to know the petitioners were not angry at the council for its initial decision.
?I think everybody should know that those of us who signed the petition has anything against the city or the way the city council is doing business,? he said.
?No. 1, this is something I am so strong about. Everybody here, and I make no bones about it, knows that I?m against alcohol.?