Officials vote on alcohol licenses
by James Phillips
Nov 17, 2011 | 1693 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DORA — Two previously approved requests for licenses to sell alcohol had to again be authorized by city officials during Tuesday’s Dora City Council meeting because the requests were not properly introduced at previous council meetings.

Dora Mayor Chris Edwards said licenses for the Dora Chevron and Jet Pep stations had to be voted on again because they were not introduced before they were voted on by the Council.

“We had some confusion that we have straightened out,” Edwards said. “The requests for an alcohol license must be presented to the Council at one meeting and then voted on at the next.”

Edwards said the meetings where those applications were approved would be considered as their introductions.

“We can now vote on them,” he said.

Council members voted unanimously to approve both requests on Tuesday’s meeting.

An application for an alcohol license by A.J.’s Good Spirits was introduced during the meeting and will be voted on when the Council meets on Dec. 6.

Council member Kristie Tuggle asked about a portion of Dora’s alcohol ordinance that requires the city to confirm the residence of business owners seeking an alcohol license. She said that requirement was not on a checklist given to council members by Dora City Clerk Marilyn Dupson.

Edwards said there are a few questions that continue to surround the alcohol ordinance. Edwards and council members agreed to schedule a work session on the ordinance before the Dec. 6 Council meeting.

A city-wide referendum held on June 7 paved the way for alcohol sales within the city limits. Voters approved the city going wet by a margin of 331-250.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, council members gave Edwards approval to apply for a Community Development Block Grant through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

Edwards said the matching funds associated with the grant would be covered by the Dora Utilities Board if the application is approved. He said the grant money would go to improve the roads behind Taco Bell and the Dora Chevron and around the old Food World building, which will be the location of a new Piggly Wiggly grocery store.

“This will be a big improvement,” Edwards said. “We get a lot of complaints about the holes around there. This is another thing that is a great step to get Dora on the right track.”