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Mayor Hardwick: Now comes the hard part - making it work

The outcome came as a bit of a surprise - maybe a bit of a shock - to Mayor Hardwick, and he admits he'll have to dig in to get ready of legal sales. But says, he and City Attorney Marshall are already doing that. Researching ordinances needed, conferring with counterparts in other newly wet communities nearby and similar to Columbia.
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By Ed Waggener

Columbia Mayor Curtis Hardwick, reached by phone this morning, commented on the successful drive for legal sales of alcoholic beverages, said, "It's an important day in Adair County. I'm pleased that peoplle finally got a chance to voice their wishes, and, I'm pleased with the outcome."

Now, he said, comes the hard part, and he admits he was caught a little off guard this morning with the surprising - for many - outcome.

He said that now it will be up to the City and County Governments to make this work. He said he had been in conference with City Attorney Marshall Loy about the implementation of the City's alcoholic beverage ordinances, and he said, "We'll be talking with our counterparts in other newly wet communities to get their advice on the subject."

"Marshall is working on city ordinances we'll need to enact," he said, "and we hope to have something soon for Council input and approval."

He said he does not anticipate the need for any additional personnel in City Hall, "But," he said, "it's my understanding that we will have to designate one person to be responsible for matters related to licenses for vendors." He would not say if he has a particular person in mind at the moment.

"I've called Judge Stephens to congratulate him on this victory. Working together, this can be a plus for the people of Columbia and Adair County," he said.

He said he also wants to commend those on the other side who argued their case in way that no lasting animosity will ensue. "That's the big thing now," he said, "I want to join all those who believe we can have differences but whatever the outcome, we're all still Adair Countians."

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