Each member of the council received a copy of the ordinance for review. They will set a council work session, or multiple work sessions, to discuss the fine points of the ordinance.
Mayor Petey Ellis also brought up the issue of alcohol sales within a certain distance of schools or churches, a common provision in these ordinances. The original concern with setting a distance was with the QV gas station on Highway 78 that adjoins Grace Baptist Church’s property, however, City Clerk Judy Glover brought up the proximity of All God’s Children daycare to WalMart.
One option on the table for avoiding a conflict with those distances is to simply allow or disallow alcohol sales based on zoning classifications.
In other business:
•The council voted to pay all the monthly bills and expenses. Ellis did note that included in the bill was a payment to Sumiton Elementary and Middle School for one-third of the cost of redoing the floors in the gym. The city’s park and recreation basketball league uses the gym, and the city agreed to pay a portion of the costs for maintaining the facility.
•The council discussed the Rails to Trails grant program and the upcoming deadline. This is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D. C., that creates walking/biking trails from former rail lines. Sumiton’s council voted last year to purchase the abandoned rail lines running through the city from Dora for a walking track.