The City of Osage Beach on Thursday voted unanimously to amend a portion of a long standing ordinance which put restrictions on Sunday liquor sales for restaurants and bars.

The City of Osage Beach on Thursday voted unanimously to amend a portion of a long standing ordinance which put restrictions on Sunday liquor sales.

Section 3 of Bill 18-27 was repealed in its entirety in an effort to make doing business easier for current and future establishments in Osage Beach.

The City will now abide by State law which allows alcohol to be sold and served on Sundays during the hours of 9:00 a.m.- midnight, without the sale of food.

The former section required establishments to have at least 50 percent of their gross income or $200,000 annually come from prepared food sales in order to serve alcohol on Sundays.

Missouri State law currently forbids cities and counties from prohibiting off-premises alcohol sales. Yet the State does limit the hours of retail alcohol sales between 1:30-6 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

The Board of Aldermen also discussed simplifying the verbiage used in the current ban ordinance, so the public can be clearer on what is allowed and not allowed to burn within the City limits. Aldermen Greg Massey (Ward 1) and Jeff Bethurem (Ward 2) voiced their opinions, citing the current ordinance is not easy to read.

Grand Glaize Airport Manager Ty Dinsdale was on hand to discuss a contract with Lehman Construction in the amount of $1,698,982.30, for Phase 2 of the Lee C. Fine Memorial Taxiway. The Board approved the contract and noted the City to be responsible for 10% of that amount.

Mayor John Olivarri presided over the meeting, declaring the week of May 20-26, as National Public Works Week and National Emergency Medical Services Week. The Mayor also read a special proclamation for the observance of Memorial Day which falls on Monday, May 28.