Charlotte officials are expected to get their first look at an ordinance regulating liquor stores when the town council meets Jan. 22. One of the biggest issues could be the fact that Charlotte does not have a police department. While the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission issues licenses and regulates liquor sales, municipalities can establish distance requirements from churches and schools and a limit on the number of stores allowed among other restrictions. However, TABC rules require that municipalities allowing retail liquor sales must maintain a regular, full-time municipal law enforcement department or have “contracted” with a regular full-time law enforcement department to provide services. Charlotte does not have a police department but as the county seat is home to the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said he is not aware of any specific “contract” the department has with the town of Charlotte. TABC interim Director Keith Bell only referred to the commission’s rules when asked if the sheriff’s office presence satisfies the law enforcement requirement. After Charlotte voters approved retail liquor stores in a November referendum, the council plans to finalize its ordinance and establish the application process in February and begin accepting applications in March. TABC rules require municipalities to act on applications within 60 days after they are filed.