City Council votes to allow alcohol sales on Sunday mornings

Posted at 7:04 PM on Aug 7, 2017

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BY HALEY JONES
haley.jones.svlfreenews@gmail.com

Statesville City Council members voted unanimously Monday night to allow alcohol sales starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

The N.C. General Assembly passed the Brunch Bill in June, giving municipalities the option to allow alcohol sales two hours earlier on Sundays.

In mid-July, Mayor Costi Kutteh asked residents to contact their council representatives or city staff members to voice their support of opposition to allowing earlier alcohol sales prior to Monday’s meeting.

A public notice and public hearing were not required because the bill expands the hours of business activity.

Several council members said that the majority of emails and phone calls they received from Statesville residents were in support of the change.

“I’ve been in three cities since we’ve gotten (the August 7) agenda and I believe (they all) passed (the ordinance),” Councilman Roy West said, dismissing concerns raised by some religious groups. “I can’t see a couple sitting around saying, ‘We can’t get Bloody Mary’s, so let’s go to church.’ “

Councilman Jap Johnson said he personally opposed the change, but he voted for it anyway.

The mayor said soliciting output from residents helped city officials and councilmembers as they deliberated on the matter.

“I liked the way we did that,” Kutteh said. “It gave us an opportunity for people to reach us (with their opinions).”

In other business, the council:

  • Approved the second reading of an ordinance to condemn the structures located at 925 & 927 4th Street as unfit for human occupancy.
  • Approved the second reading of an ordinance to condemn the structures located at 1120 7th Street as unfit for human occupancy.
  • Approved the second reading of an ordinance to condemn the structures located at 1133 5th Street as unfit for human occupancy.
  • Approved the second reading of an ordinance to annex the Iredell County Properties located at 404 & 444 Bristol Drive.
  • Approved a resolution directing the City Clerk to investigate a petition of annexation for two properties located adjacent to 280 Crawford Road; received City Clerk’s Certificate of Sufficiency; and approved a resolution fixing the date of August 21, 2017, for a public hearing on the question of the petitioned annexation.
  • Accepted the FEMA SAFER Grant to add Fire Department personnel and approve Budget Amendment #3.
  • Approved the site of Pecan Park for the Full Bloom Film Festival’s “Under the Stars” event on Friday, September 15, between 8 and 10 p.m.; approved one police officer, supplied by the City, and paid by the event organizer; approved providing trash and recycling containers for the event; and approved the Chamber of Commerce to sell beer and wine.
  • Approved the purchase an automated garbage collection truck.
  • Approved a list of sole source vendors for the City of Statesville for apparatus, supplies, materials or equipment in accordance with NCGS 143-129.
  • A public hearing was conducted and approval of an economic incentive to an existing Statesville based industry known as “Project Tea.”
  • Considered a resolution to create a Redevelopment Commission.
  • A public hearing was conducted concerning the condemnation of 303 Durham Avenue; approval of the first reading of an ordinance to condemn the structure as unfit for human occupancy.
  • A public hearing was conducted concerning the condemnation of 425 Wilson Street; approval of the first reading of an ordinance to condemn the structure as unfit for human occupancy.
  • A public hearing was conducted concerning the condemnation of 443 & 445 Newton Avenue; approval of the first reading of an ordinance to condemn the structure as unfit for human occupancy.
  • A public hearing was conducted concerning the condemnation of 614 Durham Avenue; approval of the first reading of an ordinance to condemn the structure as unfit for human occupancy.
  • A public hearing was conducted concerning the condemnation of 1204 5th Street; approval of the first reading of an ordinance to condemn the structure as unfit for human occupancy.
  • A public hearing was conducted and the approval of the first reading of an ordinance to annex the Brian Sykes Property located at 110 St. Paul Lane.
  • A public hearing was conducted and the approval of the first reading of an ordinance to annex the Barger Property located at 211 Jennings Road.
  • Approved a policy by which City residents may decline receiving solid waste services from the Sanitation Division.

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