City of Rhome passes on alcohol

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, April 13, 2019
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Rhome is saying no to turning up the bottle during city events.

The Rhome City Council took no action Thursday night on a proposal to allow beer and wine sales during city-sponsored festivals at its parks after several citizens voiced concern.

“Whether you drink or not, that’s up to you,” said councilman Kenny Crenshaw. “Maybe in the future but right now, I don’t think this town is ready for this. I think it will cause too many problems, too many trap doors and too many boobie traps. I don’t think it’s something I would like right now … Right now, we’ve got bigger fish to fry.”

Fellow council members echoed Crenshaw’s concerns about timing of the proposal.

“Right now is not the time,” said councilman Sam Eason. “I heard a lot of comments from people that oppose. I tend to think philosophically that people are responsible for their own actions.”

After the meeting, Mayor Michelle Pittman di Credico agreed with the council’s approach to the issue.

“That’s a social policy that different cities have to make,” di Credico said. “As a city, we’re not ready for that social policy.”

Parks and Recreation Board Chair Tommie Eason said they were asking for the alcohol sales by outside vendors at festivals as a fundraiser and to increase attendance. She said the parks department’s budget had been cut from $22,000 to $16,000.

Eason and fellow parks and recreation board member Cathy Coffee were the only citizens to speak in favor of alcohol sales.

Five people spoke against the issue, including Patricia Mitchell, who presented a petition with more than 80 signatures in opposition.

Shirley Mize said the alcohol sales would attract a different crowd to city events.

“Please don’t lower our city standards,” she said.

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