Beer sales may begin at 10 a.m. Sundays

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Beer aisles like this one may become active at 10 a.m. on Sundays if a proposed city ordinance becomes final.
T-G Photo by Ashley Coker

Shelbyville residents may soon be able to purchase beer two hours earlier on Sundays.

An ordinance amending the city's municipal code in regard to Sunday sale hours passed Shelbyville City Council on first reading last week.

As it stands, beer cannot be sold inside the city before noon on Sundays.

The ordinance, if passed, will allow beer sales to begin at 10 a.m.

This change is intended to bring the city's regulations in line with recent statewide changes, according to City Manager Shanna Boyette.

New state law

The state recently passed legislation allowing liquor stores to open on Sundays and begin sales at 10 a.m. This change has already taken effect.

The same bill allows grocery stores to begin selling wine on Sundays and holidays. This portion of the law will not go into effect until 2019.

A public hearing regarding the city ordinance has been scheduled for Thursday, May 31.

The ordinance will go back before the city council for a second and final reading sometime after the public hearing.

Other business attended to at the Thursday, May 10 city council meeting includes:

Storm water grading permit fees

The council passed a resolution to amend storm water permit fees.

Until now, fees were $100, regardless of acreage or whether property was residential or commercial.

The new fee structure takes both factors into consideration.

New fee structure:

Residential

Less than one acre: $100 (required if moving more than 100 cubic yards of material)

One to 4.99 acres: $150

Five to 14.99 acres: $250

15-30 acres: $750

Commercial

Less than one acre: $100 (required if moving more than 100 cubic yards of material)

One to 4.99 acres: $350

Five to 14.99 acres: $500

15 to 30 acres: $1,500

This resolution is effective immediately.

Grant applications

The council voted to allow the mayor and city administrative staff to submit applications to two grant programs.

Bullet proof vests

Mayor Wallace Cartwright has been authorized to submit a grant application to the Bureau of Justice in an effort to fund new bullet proof vests for police officers.

The $9,750 grant requires a 50 percent local match. The $4,875 contribution will be allocated within the 2018-19 budget.

Spay, neuter services

City administrative staff has been authorized to apply for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture for the Animal Friendly Spay/Neuter Grant.

The grant is intended to help reduce animal overpopulation.

The grant amount will not exceed $5,000, and no local match is required.