City Council members have voted to increase the number of Class C beer licenses in the city from two to four.

The license allows bars and lounges to serve beer on the prem-ises without having to serve food with the drinks.The beer ordinance still allows an unlimited number of Class A licenses, allowing grocery and convenience stores to sell packaged beer to be consumed off the premises, and an unlimited number of Class B licenses, allowing restaurants to sell beer to be consumed on the premises with food.

City Manager Collin Wood said there have been four Class C licenses in the city for many years, even though only two were allowed, because they existed before the ordinance was changed several years ago to allow only two.

"The new ordinance simply recognizes the reality of the city having four lounges or bars," Wood said.