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Thorsby sets alcohol license fees

The Thorsby Town Council unanimously adopted an alcoholic beverage license and fee schedule Monday night.

There are different fees set for numerous types of licenses, depending on what kind of beverages are to be sold in an establishment. The maximum fees are set by the state and range from about $400 to nearly $3,500.

Mayor Dearl Hilyer said once a business is approved by the state and submits an application to the town, it could take as long as 30 days before it is licensed to sell alcohol. This is because the law requires two public hearings to be held at 15 days apart.

“This is the same (schedule) that Jemison is using,” Hilyer told the council.

A majority of Thorsby voters voted to go wet during this year’s June primary election.

In other business, Hilyer encouraged council members to attend one of several upcoming hearings scheduled by the Chilton County Commission to discuss the possibility of a countywide referendum on a 1-cent sales tax increase.

Hilyer attended the first hearing, held at the Jemison Municipal Complex, on Thursday. A major issue addressed at the hearing was whether or not municipalities could benefit from the tax.

The next hearing will be Thursday, Aug. 5 at the Chilton County Courthouse at 6 p.m. The hearings are open to the public.

“That’s definitely something that could affect us,” Hilyer said.

The council also approved the purchase of a new rollup door for a building on Montgomery Avenue currently being rented by CRH North America. The price of the door is $2,625.