The Sumiton Walmart is now licensed to begin selling wine and beer. The store is also in the midst of a store-wide renovation, and will begin selling once the new coolers are installed.
The renovation is also the reason for the called meeting. The new store plan is to be completed by August 3 and the next council meeting is scheduled for August 7.
“I appreciate you all coming in and getting this done,” Walmart manager David Roberts said. He also added that waiting until the scheduled council meeting would have delayed the store’s sales approximately eight weeks.
The vote to approve the first alcohol license was unanimous, with all members of the council present.
Residents of the east Walker city voted overwhelmingly in April to allow alcohol sales. Other businesses, including Walgreens, are expected to follow suit and complete the alcohol application soon.
The other item on the special meeting agenda was to approve the bid for paving the roads in the Hayfield subdivision and Old Birmingham Highway. The lowest bid came from Dunn Construction at just over $200,000.
Mayor Petey Ellis informed the council that the engineer had reviewed the bid and approved the project to move forward.
Dunn previously said they could begin the projects as soon as 30 days after they receive the signed contracts.
The vote to accept Dunn’s bid and authorize them to begin work was also unanimous.