Oneonta adopts liquor ordinance ahead of vote

The Oneonta City Council unanimously adopted a liquor ordinance intended to severely restrict liquor sales within the municipality. Mayor Darryl Ray and councilors have frequently noted that they have no intention of permitting “bars” or public advertisement of liquor sales within the city limits and its jurisdiction.

Prior to the regular meeting vote, the council held a public hearing on the proposed ordinance. The hearing marked the second related to the ordinance. In both instances, no one spoke in favor or opposition. Allgood Mayor Gene Armstrong did ask if the city had projected revenues or number of outlets which the city might have should the county vote to legalize alcohol sales. Ray answered negatively.

In other council action, members awarded a contract for a new weather siren and retrofitting existing ones to McCord Communications. McCord submitted the lower bid of $22,160, opened at the last September meeting. Assistant fire Chief Brandon Horton verified that both McCord and Allcom (with a $22,828 bid) met specifications and recommended the council accept the lower bid.

Reporting for the fire department, councilman Hal Buckelew proposed the hiring of three part-time firefighters and one volunteer. His separate motions to hire Jeffrey Hancock, Zachary Page, and Dalton Teal all passed unanimously, as did his motion to add Michael Gunter as a volunteer.

Other councilors – Mark Gargus, Tim McNair, Ross Norris, and Danny Robinson – joined Ray and Buckelew for the Oct. 9 meeting. The council holds its regular meetings the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.