Maplesville Council approves first liquor license

Published 6:39 pm Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Seales Grocery was the first Maplesville business to seek and be granted approval by the Town Council for a liquor license.

Chilton County voters approved allowing alcohol sales in the county—including Maplesville, which was previously “dry”—in the March 1 Primary Election.

Businesses can not begin selling alcoholic beverages until July 1.

It did not take long for the Maplesville Council to approve its first license, as no one was present at Monday’s monthly meeting to oppose such approval.

The request for the license was posted for six days at town hall and various other public places throughout town, as required by law.

The vote was put to a roll call vote with everyone approving of the measure except Patty Crocker, who abstained from voting because the owner of the business is her father.

New business presented to the Council was the nominations to the Maplesville Utilities Board for a six-year term that would be effective May 1.

However, nobody has yet to come in or called to apply for the position, Maplesville Town Clerk Dawn Smitherman said.

Until interest is shown or a suitable replacement is found, James Stewart will remain in his current position on the board.

In other business, the Council:

•Approved a nine-month raise of 25 cents for police officer Ken Casey retro-effective to April 30.

•Heard that Bobby Harrison cleaned up property prior to being sent a violation letter.

•Approved spending $595 for a 1/3-page color advertisement in The Clanton Advertiser’s St. Vincent’s Chilton hospital preview magazine.

•Approved a $100 donation to Master Gardeners for community project demo garden.

•Approved for the qualification fee of $50 for all candidates seeking office in the upcoming municipal election to remain the same.