As the Dickson City Council struggles to find a beer distance requirement that is acceptable, Mayor Don Weiss reminded council members that there is no minimum distance that a restaurant that serves liquor by the drink must be from a church or school. Since Dickson voters approved liquor by the drink in a referendum, the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s rules govern businesses that have a state license to sell drinks. The ABC has no distance requirement, meaning a restaurant that serves liquor can be right next door to a church or school. The city can only control the location of businesses that only sell beer for either on-premise or off-premise consumption. “I’m not saying it should be zero. But there’s a precedent set by the state of Tennessee saying it’s zero for alcoholic beverages and for on-premise sales. So I think this council needs to take all that into consideration in trying to discuss it,” Weiss said Monday night. The current ordinance requires beer sales to be 950 feet from a church of school. At Monday’s meeting, the council started with an amendment to reduce that to 750 feet, rejected proposals to go as low as 250 and 300 feet, then passed on the first of two required votes to drop it to 400 feet. Proponents say reducing the distance requirement will allow more existing businesses to sell beer and open more locations for new businesses, which produces more revenue for the city. “But we’re also talking about trying to bring more businesses and more jobs that support our economy and keep our property taxes lower,” Weiss said. After voting 6-2 to lower the distance requirement to 400 feet, the council voted unanimously to hold a public hearing on the proposed change at its Dec. 2 meeting prior to a final vote on the change that night.