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Neighborhood council meeting has heated tone

The West Central Neighborhood Council wants its neighborhood out of the alcohol impact area. Though the neighborhood council previously supported being part of the voluntary AIA, where sales of single-serving fortified, high-alcohol beers would be banned, at a Sept. 12 meeting members voted to send a letter asking the City Council to remove West Central from the AIA ordinance. A mandatory AIA is in effect in the East Central neighborhood. The council will hear the West Central ordinance change for the first time on Monday and vote on Oct. 1.

‘High-test’ beer targeted

The sale of “high-test” beer on a section of East Sprague is being restricted by the Spokane City Council in an effort to curb some of the consequences of alcohol abuse. The council voted unanimously Monday night to place voluntary restrictions on the sale of beer fortified with a higher alcohol content. Business owners in the recently created “International District” said the alcohol impact area would be one more tool in their efforts to clean up the area.