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Priceville pursues alcohol ordinance

Published 2:53pm Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The town council, planning commission and town attorney are putting their heads together to come up with an alcohol beverage control ordinance before a 90-day moratorium ends in late February, according to Priceville Mayor Melvin Duran.

Such an ordinance is required by law to permit the licensing of business establishments to sell alcoholic beverages. Priceville voters approved the sale of such beverages within the town limits in a special referendum on Nov. 6.

Town Attorney William S. “Woody” Sanderson said he is working on an ordinance draft and will have it ready for the council’s consideration at its next regular meeting on Mon., Jan. 9.

Meanwhile, the town’s planning commission, which met Dec. 17, is reviewing the town’s zoning ordinance to determine if changes need to be made before an alcohol control ordinance becomes effective.

Duran said he and council members have looked at alcohol control ordinances in Moulton, Athens, Cullman and Decatur to get an idea of what they want to put in place in Priceville.

“We don’t want single can sales and advertising that can be seen from outside of the stores that sell alcoholic beverages,” Duran stated.

“We want an ordinance that is short and simple, something that is easy to read and understand,” he added.

The council acted on the following items:

• Placed a lien of $1,850 against property owned by Larry Orr at 1853 Hwy. 67, south, Somerville. The action followed the demolition of an unsafe structure on the property at the town’s expense.

•Authorized Mayor Melvin Duran to sign a Naval Systems Applica-tion for the donation of a U.S. Navy ship’s anchor for placement in the Morgan County Veterans Memorial Park. The anchor will be picked up at a shipyard in Texas and transported by truck to Priceville at a later date.

•Approved payment of bills for the month of November totaling $176,085.05.

•Declared a 2007 model Dodge Charger as surplus property and authorized the police department to donate it to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department. The vehicle will be used by a resource officer assigned to Priceville schools.

•Approved moving the Mon., Feb. 25, 2013, town council meeting to Priceville Elementary School and canceling the work session.

Councilman Tommy Perry reported he picked up four windows in Georgia last week for the U.S. Navy trainer in the Morgan County Veterans Memorial Park.

The new traffic light on Bethel Road has been installed and will be operated in a flashing mode for two to four weeks before it is placed in service, according to Councilman Donald Livingston.

Councilman Charles Black reported that the fire department collected 814 Christmas toys for patients at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

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