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City seeks input on alcohol sales

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, February 20, 2019
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The Rhome City Council will be taking public input on whether it will allow alcohol sales at city events at its Feb. 26 meeting.

Councilman Kenny Crenshaw requested the public input during a second discussion on the issue at last Thursday’s meeting.

“I’d like to know what the people think about this,” Crenshaw said.

The council briefly discussed allowing alcohol at city events such as the chili cook-off at its Jan. 29 meeting. The item was brought back for more discussion Thursday with City Administrator Joe Ashton asking for direction on if the council wanted to allow alcohol at family functions in the park or just for city events.

The consensus of the council was to just allow vendors, which will need to be insured, to sell alcohol for city events only.

Mayor Michelle Pittman di Credico said the council will allot 20 minutes for input from the citizens at next week’s meeting.

“We’ll take input and come to a decision based on the input,” she said.

In other business, the council approved the contract with the University of Texas at Arlington for its College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs to prepare a master plan for the city.

The city will pay $15,600 for the plan. Rhome has not updated its master plan since 1999.

“You’d like to update it every three to 10 years,” said Ashton describing its role in changing zoning ordinances.

“We’re getting not just the students but also the staff, who has many years of experience. We’re getting more bang for our buck.”

Di Credico said she found money in this year’s budget to pay for the plan. The council approved the budget amendment.

“We had some money allocated for engineering services that we moved to contract labor,” she said.

The council will look to appoint committees at the Feb. 26 meeting to work with UTA students. Di Credico expects the committee to meet with the Planning and Zoning Commission at its March 4 meeting.

The plan is expected to be completed in September.

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