Oneonta council continues alcohol quest

While the city of Oneonta and others await the Alabama Supreme Court decision in the debate over the legality of the city’s alcohol referendum, its city council attempted still another tactic in its latest meeting. Councilors voted to request the state legislature remove Blount County from the law’s restrictions removing the right of its appropriate municipalities to vote on the issue.

The resolution makes the request specifically of legislators who represent parts of the county. City manager Ed Lowe emphasized in the council meeting that this is the same wording as a previous request prior to the vote which sought to legalize such sales.

In a related matter, the council also voted to request local legislation to permit the sale of draft beer in the city. Mayor Ross Norris had indicated some local business owners had expressed interest in that option. Under Alabama law such sales require legislative approval.

In other action, the council promoted town employee Kevin Nicodemus from acting park and recreation director to director. Members praised Nicodemus’s performance over the past six months in his acting role.

In his comments, Lowe noted that the city had experienced a rash of equipment failures which had affected the public works department. He explained that all the machines were now back in service and asked citizen patience in the municipality’s attempt to return to normal operations.

Beautification board chair Marlene Stroud presented her group’s awards. Norris and his wife Vicki received the residential award for their Christmas displays. Realty South received the commercial award for its holiday decorations.

Councilor Tonya Rogers missed the Jan. 27 meeting. All other councilors (Hal Blackwood, Mark Gargus, Tim McNair, and Danny Robinson) joined Norris in attendance.