Heflin City Council approves alcohol sales at city events
by Sara Milledge
smilledge@annistonstar.com
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The Heflin City Council on Monday approved an amendment that will allow alcohol sales for events held at public parks or recreational facilities.

The amendment changes the city’s alcohol ordinance to allow for alcohol licenses at any public park or recreational property if granted by special permit, lease or permitted by a municipal sponsored event.

Councilman Shannon Roberts cast the only vote against the amendment.

“I just don’t think that’s what they were built for,” he said referring to alcohol sales at public facilities.

The council also approved a new lease agreement for the city’s park, buildings, land and facilities. City Clerk Shane Smith said the new five-page lease agreement simply puts more liability on the renters due to changes in the alcohol ordinance.

“We just wanted a firm document that would protect the city as well as the citizens,” Smith said.

The council also approved an amendment that states alcohol sales licenses will only be issued for municipal property or events at areas zoned as within the central business district, the general business district or the neighborhood business district. Roberts was also the only no vote for the amendment.

At a work session just before the council’s meeting Monday, the members addressed a citizen’s complaints about compression release engine brakes, more commonly known as Jake brakes or Jacob brakes. The brakes make a loud, machine-gun sound when used by large trucks, which often leads to city ordinances prohibiting their use on major roads near residential areas. The complaint was in regards to trucks driving down Bonner Lake Road near Heflin’s VFW post. Councilmembers agreed to find out more about other cities’ ordinances prohibiting the brakes.

In other business, the council:

· Announced a personnel meeting scheduled for Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Heflin Fire Department

· Scheduled the next City Council meeting for Aug. 13, which will include a public hearing on an alcohol permit for Smith Farms.

· Reminded visitors the Cleburne County Fair is scheduled for Aug. 17.

Staff writer Sara Milledge: 256-235-3549. On Twitter @SMilledge_Star.

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