City Council considers halt to alcohol licenses
by Daniel Gaddy
Mar 04, 2012 | 1412 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Carbon Hill City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to stop issuing alcohol sales licenses until the city’s new attorneys can review the ordinance.

Council member Chris Pschirer introduced the moratorium saying the ordinance as it stands might lead to future legal problems.

“We’re endangering ourselves and opening the door for a lot of issues,” he said.

When asked to elaborate on the issues that concern him, Pschirer said it would be better if he didn’t get into specifics.

Also, during Thursday’s meeting, the council voted unanimously to approve the law firm of Lowe, Mobley, Lowe and LeDuke of Haleyville to serve as the city’s legal counsel. Mayor Chris Hart told the council the firm charges $150 per hour for legal services and $60 an hour for paralegal services.

In other business:

• The council voted unanimously to pay the city’s bills for the month. In the council’s regular work session to discuss the expenses, they agreed to cancel the city’s cable television, which costs $126 a month. The council also agreed to discontinue service on a phone line at the community center, which costs $70 a month.

• Mayor Hart praised the Carbon Hill High School Basketball team which competed in a state championship in Birmingham on Saturday.

• The council voted to enter into a contract to allow the Carbon Hill Utilities Board to collect the city’s garbage fees.

• Ronnie O’Rear, a member of the city's Industrial Development Board, gave an update regarding the annual Hillfest celebration, which is scheduled for September. He said the event will expand this year to include an exhibit by an antique car group as well as a barbecue competition.

• City resident Gene Matthieu requested that the council spend the money to fix the chairs in the council chambers. He also requested that they vote to have a sign made asking residents not to flick their cigarettes in the entryway of the Police Department.