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First alcohol sale applications are in


The Tyler City Council canvassed the votes Monday morning and had several people waiting in line before 8:00 a.m. to hand their application in.

Tyler's city planner says they are prepared to handle their role in the approval process.

"We want to expedite our end, we don't want to slow anyone down, but at the same time we have to be thorough in our review to ensure that everyone is in compliance," says Heather Nick, city planner for Tyler.

Nick says the most time-consuming part of the city's approval process will be going out to each applicant's location to measure and make sure they meet distance and zoning requirements.  

There are several steps involved in getting a license to sell alcohol. City officials say the first thing applicants should know is they will need two completed copies of the application, with original signatures, to get the process started.

Nicks says to help people understand the process, they have created a flow chart.

"Because the city of Tyler is one of the first parts of this application process, we've set up a business-owner kit to help folks guide themselves through the process," Nicks says.

Applicants must first fill out the TABC application from the state, they the take the application to the city, then the county, then the state comptroller, then TABC, then the county judge and finally back to TABC.

This process will take several weeks. The TABC says their portion alone can take up to 40 days.

Business owners applying for their license are hoping to put beer and wine on their shelves by January.

"I believe it's a process that takes about three to four weeks. We do have somebody in our office that basically takes care of the processes so we will be following that and we already started the process starting today," says Obi Khan, a convenience store manager in Tyler.

Others are waiting to see what happens once stores start selling alcohol to decide if they will apply.

"Of course it is going to increase business but those businesses also have a lot of problems so I'll just wait," says Perez Ali, a Tyler convenience store owner.

The city says more than 25 businesses submitted their applications on Monday.

They also say they have created maps to identify where places like schools, churches and daycares are located. Those maps are intended to make analyzing distance requirements for alcohol sales a little easier.

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