At least two businesses have asked the city of Dickson to consider lowering its distance requirements from churches and schools for the sale of beer. At Monday night’s Finance and Management Committee meeting, Councilman Scott England said two businesses within 950 feet of a church or school would like to be able to sell beer but cannot because of the distance requirement. “We feel like we may be a little out of date on that. We have some businesses that are asking to – this is on package, this is not on bars or anything like that,” England said. England said he also knows of one of other potential sale of a business that fell through because a church rented a building within the minimum distance, but then moved away in less than a year. While England did not identify the businesses making the requests, a previous council agenda listed Rite Aid at 702 East College Street as one of the businesses. England said a review of distance requirements in surrounding communities showed most of them running 250-300 feet, well below the city of Dickson’s current 950 feet from nearest corner to nearest corner. England said there also are questions about which buildings on a school campus should be used for the measurement, such as the field house at Dickson County High School, or whether a church must own the building. City attorney Jerry Smith said the church must hold services at least once a week and the building must be used exclusively for church services in order to qualify under the ordinance, but there is no definition when it comes to school buildings. England asked that the city consider the possibility of reducing its distance requirements at a future meeting. Since the city passed liquor by the drink, any business that holds a state-issued on-premise license is not subject to the city’s distance ordinance. Only establishments that sell beer only for on- or off-premise consumption are required to be at least 950 feet from a church or school.