City of Monroe to take a look at modernizing its alcohol ordinance

The City of Monroe is looking to update its alcohol ordinance with a view to modernizing it to make it more friendly for potential economic development for the city. At last month’s City Council meeting, City Attorney Paul Rosenthal explained that the city’s code office and members of the city’s economic team had been working on this since last summer. He supplied a draft copy of the new ordinance for city council members to take a look at for a potential vote and first reading this month and second reading and implementation in March.

“It allows for growlers, it allows for wine tasting and for outdoor sales,” Rosenthal said at the time. “It is a cleanup and modernization and allows for some of the things that the community really wants. It models things that most cities have in 2017.”

Rosenthal said that the ordinance has been updated periodically since 1988, but the new draft combines the updates and adds a few more items that could help attract new business to the city. The initial draft didn’t make allowance for possible updates to Georgia law with regard to brew pubs and the sale of craft beer. However, Rosenthal said the council had the option to hold off until the Georgia Legislature made changes to current state law or could possibly include a rider that would allow for implementation if that came about.

Since then, a bill has been introduced in at the state Capitol addressing this issue. House Bill 85 would allow breweries to sell their products on site. If signed into law, it will allow licensed breweries to sell up to 3,000 barrels of their brewed beer directly to patrons to consume on site or take one case of beer to go.

This is one of the items on the agenda for the February Called Meeting of the Monroe City Council to take place at 6 p.m. tonight, Feb. 7, 2017. Due to continued renovation of the council chambers at the meeting will again take place in the upstairs room at the City of Monroe Community Center at 602 Church Street. Next week’s City Council Meeting also will take place at the Church Street Community Center. Both of these meetings will not be broadcast due to lack of equipment at this site.

The full agenda follows.

I. CALL TO ORDER
II. DEPARTMENT REPORTS
1. February Monthly Reports
III. COMMITTEE INFORMATION
1. Finance
2. Airport
3. Public Works
4. Utilities
a. Approval – Terex Bucket Truck Rebuild
5. Public Safety
6. Economic Development
IV. ITEMS OF DISCUSSION
1. Upcoming Public Hearings
2. Appointment – Tree Board
3. Alcohol Ordinance Update
V. ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION
1. Discuss Appointment
2. Personnel Issue (s)
3. Real Estate Issue (s)
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