The McDonough metropolis council voted 3-4 at its assembly on November 16 to disclaim the creation of a downtown leisure district. The merchandise could also be reconsidered in the course of the council’s subsequent and last assembly of the yr on December 14. If accepted, the district would permit for the open container of alcoholic drinks downtown topic to necessities adopted by town.
Mayor Professional Temp Craig Elrod, who has led the initiative to kind the district on the request of downtown enterprise house owners, council members Ben Pruett and Roger Pruitt voted in favor of making the district. Mayor Billy Copeland, council members Rufus Stewart, Kam Varner and Sandra Vincent voted in opposition to the movement.
The first level of debate amongst members of the council was the scale of the proposed district. Two choices had been offered by Mayor Professional Temp Elrod to the council as a complete, the bigger space shaded in blue on the map above that mirrors the prevailing Essential Road district and smaller space in inexperienced that mirrors the outdated Essential Road district. Council member Vincent requested for a greater delineated map of the inexperienced space to be ready and offered earlier than the ordinance was voted on.
Council member Vincent requested town to permit further time for public touch upon the proposed district together with the suggestion of a proper public remark interval. Vincent requested town notify enterprise house owners and residents within the downtown space to collect further suggestions.
The movement by Mayor Professional Temp Elrod was to approve the downtown leisure district with the realm shaded in inexperienced. The merchandise was first offered for dialogue in the course of the council assembly on November 5.
In regards to the Proposed Ordinance
The ordinance would require the McDonough Tourism workplace to supply a transparent plastic cup that may then be bought to downtown companies with alcohol licenses. Alcoholic drinks bought by clients with the intent of carrying their drink open air should be inside one of many clear plastic cups. The colour of the cup would change quarterly.
Open container legal guidelines for all different alcoholic drinks not contained in the city-approved cup would stay unchanged. The proposed ordinance would haven’t any affect on town’s enforcement of different state legal guidelines pertaining to alcohol consumption, akin to DUI.
The open container of alcoholic drinks can be allowed between 12 pm to 11 pm on Mondays by way of Saturdays. Sundays are excluded. The dimensions of the drink can be restricted to 16 fluid ounces.
The open container ordinance does not override town’s current park ordinance that prohibits alcoholic drinks. Metropolis parks inside the proposed district, together with the inside of the McDonough Sq., would retain a prohibition on alcoholic drinks. No open containers, together with town’s plastic cup, can be allowed contained in the city sq..
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