The City Council on Tuesday voted to join Anniston as the only two municipalities in Calhoun County to expand alcohol sales to seven days a week. The vote Tuesday was the council’s first meeting since the Alabama Legislature passed a law allowing Weaver’s council to vote on the matter.
Right now, only the Bearcat Express, a convenience store in downtown Weaver, sells alcohol, but that’ll change on Aug. 1. Another bill signed into law this year will annex Smokin Joes Tobacco and Beverage Shop as well as Heroes American Bar and Grille into Weaver’s city limits in August. Both of the businesses are on Alabama 21.
Mayor Wayne Willis also hopes a new grocery store on Main Street will be open by August, as well as a new restaurant in the Buckhorn subdivision.
The ordinance expanding sales to seven days a week puts no time restrictions on sales. Willis said the council could decide at a later time if they wished to put further guidelines on the law.
Willis allowed public comment before the vote but only a couple of residents objected to the measure. Bill Harvey said Sunday alcohol sales represented “scraping the bottom of the barrel” for Weaver.
Jeff Clendenning was the only councilman who voted against the measure. Clendenning had previously told The Star he would abstain from the vote if it came up as he had abstained from other issues involving alcohol or alcohol licenses.
The council Tuesday also approved a contract with Advanced Disposal to handle the city’s sanitation needs. To cover the costs of the contract, sanitation rates for residents will increase by $2 per month per barrel. That will leave residents paying $17 a month within the city limits and $19 a month outside of the city limits. Willis said residents won’t see a change in garbage removal except possibly the day of the week their trash is removed. Residents will still contact the city with problems in their trash pickup, he said.
In other business, the council:
— Approved public notice of a vote on a measure to give incentives of $20,000 annually for five years to the owner of Weaver’s new grocery store. The council can only take action after the measure has been advertised for seven days prior to a vote.
— Discussed plans for an upcoming citywide trash cleanup day on July 20.
Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.