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City leaders in Norfolk, NE consider extending ‘last call’ by one hour

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NORFOLK, Nebraska (KTIV) - City leaders in Norfolk, Nebraska are considering extending "last call" by one hour.

If the city council passes an ordinance, it will allow licensed alcohol establishments to extend the legal time for alcohol sales.

That would change the time from 1:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. This includes restaurants, bars, gas stations, and grocery stores.

City Administrator Andy Colvin says interest from businesses in the area began to grow in the last few months. He also says it would not be a requirement to sell alcohol until 2:00 a.m. if the ordinance is passed.

"They can close their doors, they can stop selling alcohol at whatever time they choose to do that, this just permits them if they want to, to do that until 2:00 a.m.," said Andy Colvin, Norfolk City Administrator.

A concern that was brought up at a council meeting, last week, was public safety, and whether extending "last call" would increase crime in the area.

Norfolk Chief of Police Don Miller says it won't have a significant impact on law enforcement services.

"Realistically there will probably be some that abuse the opportunity to be out a little bit longer, and may get a little more intoxicated, but I don't think that's going to be a problem. I think those are going to be a few and far between," said Don Miller, Norfolk Chief of Police.

Nebraska law requires three readings of an ordinance to pass before it becomes law.

So far, one of those readings has been passed.

Xava Parra

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