New liquor store may open in Florala

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, December 14, 2011

There could soon be a new place to buy alcohol in Florala.

Council members voiced their support of a local resident, Chuck Patterson, who is considering reopening the former ABC package store of U.S. Hwy. 331.

“It’s my understanding that (Patterson) plans to approach the (Alab-ama Beve-rage Control Board) about reopening the store, and he’s asked if we, as a council, would support him in his endeavor.”

Council members, while taking no official vote on the matter, asked that their support of the business be noted in the official minutes of the project’s “economic impact and tax revenue.”

“It does mean tax revenue – which I’m all for,” said Councilman Marvin Williford.

Mayor Robert Williamson said in addition to the potential sales tax revenue, there would be “two or three” new jobs added.

“I’m for anything that brings revenue to the town,” said Councilwoman Hazel Lee.

In other business, the council voted:

• to install a $600 cosmetic sealant paving patch on Fourth Street.

• to purchase a new heating unit for the old Florala City Middle School cafeteria.

• to postpone implementing a rental rate for rooms inside FCMS.

• to postpone adopting changes to the city’s animal control ordinance to allow for further consideration by the council. The current ordinance establishes a $5 fee that residents must pay to pick up their animal from the Andalusia Animal Shelter, and a $2 per day boarding charge.

It was proposed to repeal that section to allow for the current rate charged by the shelter for animal pick up and boarding.