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Aldermen considering change to alcohol license

The Poplarville Board of Alderman authorized the city attorney to research whether an application to sell beer and light wine by curbside or drive-up service needs to be submitted on an annual basis.

The subject was raised due to an application for such a license from Hall’s Service Station, which currently provides alcohol sales in that method.

“It has been customary with the city since the beer/light wine ordinance passed, that Hall’s Service Station comes in every year and renews their privilege license,” City Clerk Jane O’Neal told the board.

O’Neal said she began to question whether it was “absolutely necessary” for someone who had been in business for a long time and had been approved to provide that service to continue to fill out an application every year.

City attorney Manya Creel Bryan said the Board asked for a state attorney general’s opinion on the issue in 2015 concerning whether the ordinance, which prohibited the sale of beer/wine at curbside, could be repealed.

“I imagine you did that and either amended the ordinance or did whatever to take that part out,” Bryan said. “If that’s the case … I don’t know. I’m not ready to give an opinion. I have to research it some more.”

O’Neall said she wanted Bryan to research the issue so the city “would know for sure” whether the annual application process is required.

Bryan said she did not want to spend a lot of time on an issue without the consent of the Board, who unanimously approved a motion for Bryan to conduct the research.

The Board also approved the use of City Park for an Easter Egg Hunt for children on April 13, 2019 from 9 a.m. until noon sponsored by First Baptist Church of Poplarville.

The Board also approved a motion to allow the Poplarville Chamber of Commerce to show a G or PG rated movie at City Square Park on April 9 and June 7. Both community events are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

The Board also formally declared Monday, Feb. 18 as a city holiday for the observance of George Washington’s birthday.