Permitting outdoor alcohol
Greenwood City Council gives city manager power to approve consumption at Oregon Avenue events
Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:00 AM
Greenwood City Council had readings Monday on a pair of ordinances dealing with the outdoor consumption of alcohol in Uptown Greenwood.
Council passed second and final reading on an ordinance that will allow the city manager to issue permits to allow the outdoor possession and consumption of beer and wine at public events on Oregon Avenue.
The ordinance passed by a 5-2 vote, with Councilmen Ronnie Ables and Johnny Williams dissenting. The “no” votes from Williams and Ables were not a surprise, as they often vote against issues involving alcohol Uptown.
Oregon Avenue has played host to a number of events in recent years, including Oktoberfest and Click 646. Another event -- a daylong music festival called Springfest -- is set to take place on Oregon on May 17.
In the past, each individual event on Oregon that wished to serve alcohol outdoors had to be considered by the full council and go through all the requisite ordinance readings to get the proper permit. With the new ordinance, city manager Charlie Barrineau can now review the nature of the event and has the ability to issue the proper permit.
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