By Benjamin Bullard
The Cullman Times
Licensed alcohol vendors don’t need four months of lead time anymore to make plans for events at which they’d like to sell, following a minor tweak to the city’s alcohol ordinance.
The city council voted last week to amend the ordinance, reducing the time sellers must apply for an event license from 120 days to 45. The change came at the recommendation of the Hanceville Alcohol Review Committee (ARC), which advised the council the original requirements of 120 days didn’t give merchants much flexibility.
Hanceville’s alcohol ordinance allows both locally-licensed and out-of-town alcohol vendors to apply for a single-use permit, permitting them to sell alcohol at an approved event within the city limits.
Vendors must pay a $200 permit fee, along with a nonrefundable $50 application fee. The ARC had recommended the council drop the $200 fee for Hanceville businesses that currently hold a liquor license in the city, but the council decided at last week’s regular meeting to keep that fee in place.
The council also amended the alcohol ordinance to resolve a minor clerical omission, by introducing a dollar amount of the nonrefundable $50 fee into the ordinance’s language. Previously, the ordinance had specified that an event license application would require a filing fee, but did not include a dollar amount.
All council decisions on the topic were unanimous.
Benjamin Bullard can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 734-2131 ext. 270.