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Residents protest gas station liquor sales

Posted at 11:37 PM, Jan 20, 2016

GREENWOOD, Ind. -- Neighbors in Greenwood are banding together against a newly built gas station. 

They want to keep the store from selling alcohol, saying it would put kids at a nearby school at risk. 

This all comes several months after the same neighborhood tried to stop the construction of the new gas station all together. 

It now sits just down the road from the new I-65 Worthsville Road exit. 

Nearby residents are asking the county's alcohol beverage commission to deny the Circle K's application to sell alcohol. 

Neighbors don't like the exposure it would bring to nearby kids. They also say the potential would be too great for a drunk driver to hit someone walking to or from the school or church that sit a few hundred feet away from the gas station. 

Monday, with the help of a petition, they got the Greenwood City Council's support. 

The council unanimously passed a resolution asking the commission to deny the application. 

"Their vote certainly isn't the only thing we have to help us. We've got several people that have put their own time to go door-to-door with a petition. Last I heard, we have close to 1,000 signatures on that and when you add those things together it certainly is kind of a community-based effort to stop something that we don't want to see," Mark Wiggam said. 

The resolution comes with no legal power other than to simply provide a more unified case in front of the alcohol commission. The commission is scheduled to take up the issue early next month. 

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