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Appeal puts grocery store wine debate back on Kamloops council menu

June 08, 2016 - 8:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - A Sahali grocery store is not wiling to go away quietly and is again asking the city to consider allowing wine on its shelves.

An appeal is being made by the Overwaitea Food Group to the city, the company’s director of wine, Steve Moriarty, says.

The company owns the Sahali Save-On-Foods and a provincial wine licence and would like to combine the two, but an application to the city to be allowed to do so was rejected by council May 17.

“The city councillors talked about the reasons why they didn’t support it,” he says. “We hope in our amended appeal that we will address the concerns.”

Under Kamloops bylaws the company has 30 days to get the appeal in front of city council. Moriarty says the company is still working on the final details of the appeal and wouldn't comment on what the ammendments will be. The company intends to submit the application today, June 8.

Kamloops deputy corporate officer Linda Campbell says the city has heard the appeal is coming, but paperwork hasn’t come through yet. She says the company has until tomorrow to submit the appeal so it can come before council at the June 14 meeting.

From there council can either do nothing, which will essentially kill this version of the application, or choose to reconsider, which will restart the process. If council chooses to reconsider the city will then send mailouts and give the public a chance to comment before council again debates the application in a month or two, Campbell says.

Vicki Collett of Harper’s Trail Winery says she has also submitted a petition to the city asking for council to reconsider their decision. The petition has 1,100 digital signatures from and 364 physical signuatures collected at the farmers market and local wineries.

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