Rhome City Council discusses alcohol for events

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, January 26, 2019
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After taking no action or tabling the rest of the items on the agenda Tuesday, the Rhome City Council had a brief discussion about allowing alcohol in its city parks during city sponsored events.

Councilmen Kenny Crenshaw and Josh McCabe both expressed interest in allowing alcohol to boost interest and attendance during events such as the chili cook-off.

“We don’t want to turn it into a free-for-all,” Crenshaw said. “But if controlled, it could be a draw.”

Crenshaw asked that the city investigate its options.

In other business, Mayor Michelle Pittman di Credico said the city is now gathering information on 380 agreements instead of possibly pursuing the creation of an economic development corporation. According to the Texas Comptroller, a 380 agreement authorizes municipalities to offer incentives designed to promote economic development such as commercial and retail projects. Specifically, it provides for offering loans and grants of city funds or services at little or no cost to promote state and local economic development and to stimulate business and commercial activity.

“It’s newer and gives the city more options,” di Credico said. “We’ll look at both and see the pros and cons of both and which fits better.”

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