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Thorsby approves alcohol ordinance

The Thorsby Town Council on Monday night approved an ordinance governing the sale of alcoholic beverages in the town.

A majority of Thorsby voters, 310 to 208, voted to go wet in a referendum held July 1 during the Primary Election.

The ordinance is based on similar ordinances used by other municipalities, Mayor Dearl Hilyer said. It includes regulations, such as alcoholic beverages cannot be sold within 100 feet of the nearest corner of a school or church building.

“The ordinance is ready for retailers to pick up a copy to get approval through the state before approaching the town and applying for a license,” Hilyer said.

The ordinance is also available for viewing at City Hall, though it may take some time Tuesday for the council-approved draft of the ordinance to be made available for copying.

In other business, a public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m. in the Thorsby Municipal Annex to discuss the town’s submission of an application for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

The purpose of the hearing is to gather input from citizens on community development needs in the town. For example, the town is proposing to replace the bridge on Medical Center Drive, the total cost of which is estimated at $169,760.

Anyone with questions should call town clerk Denise Gunn at 646-3575.

The council also:

Voted to change the next council meeting date and time to Tuesday, July 6 at 6 p.m. due to the July 4 holiday, which will fall on a Sunday.

Purchased a Swedish Fest program ad for $150.

Purchased a Thorsby Athletic Department ad for $250.

Announced this week’s Movies in the Park would be postponed due to a conflict with the Peach Jam Jubilee.