Following last month's vote to legalize the sale of alcohol within city limits, Lancaster has elected to allow three liquor licenses for packaged stores.
This, however, does not take into account stores selling beer only, as there is no limit to those stores as long as they fall within other ABC guidelines. The three liquor licenses pertain to packaged liquor sales. Examples that may fall within this realm are drug stores such as Rite Aid or novelty stores such as Liquor Barn.
Under state law, Lancaster was eligible for seven licenses of the type, based on Garrard County's population of roughly 18,000 citizens, but Mayor Don Rinthen advised given the small size of the community, seven licenses seemed excessive.
The limit was set Tuesday night at a special meeting of the Lancaster City Council.
Read more about this in Thursday's Advocate.