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Second readings of liquor, dining ordinances pass

Sidewalk dining and two liquor ordinances are now officially on the books in the Town of Erwin.
The town hosted its regularly scheduled Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting on Monday, March 23, with sidewalk dining, package stores and a liquor-by-the-drink ordinance receiving the greenlight from board members.
Dining will now be allowed on sidewalks, giving businesses like Hawg-n-Dawg, Steel Rails Coffee House and Choo Choo Cafe the eligibility to permit customers to eat outside the facade of the restaurants. Each of these establishments are already in accordance with required liability insurance.
Board member Sue Jean Wilson sent the ordinance into motion with a second from Gary Chandler before it was voted on unanimously by the members.
With package stores now a reality in town, businesses will have the opportunity to apply for an application 10 calendar days after the ordinance’s passage, according to City Recorder Glenn Rosenoff. The same applies for businesses that qualify for liquor-by-the-drink within the parameters set by the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
“We can start accepting applications for package stores 10 days after passage, meaning today,” he added. “After 10 days, people who qualified within the state of Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission for liquor-by-the-drink can seek out permits for that.”
Businesses looking for more information on both ordinances and about the permit and application process can contact the Town of Erwin offices.
“They can contact us for more information,” Rosenoff said. “They can talk to us for more local information and we can coordinate with them and with the state.”
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Kent Bradley with Capitol Cinema addressed the BMA in the opening portion of the meeting to address concerns about an early announced decision to shut down a section of Main Avenue in downtown Erwin on Friday nights for car shows.
“I spoke with Lou (Snider) at lunch and he had no problems at all,” Town of Erwin Mayor Doris Hensley said. “There would be no problem to move the closure down to Gay Street and even use Union Street if they needed the extra space down there,”
Hensley asked Chief of Police Regan Tilson if there would be any problems.
“We’ve done it a couple of different ways due to (downtown revitalization) construction,” Tilson said about road closure for the carshow. “It would be no problem at all for us if it was from Gay Street to that section of Union Street to shut down the road.”
The blocking on Friday nights will go from Gay Street, south to include Union Street to Church Street and up to Love Street according to the motion passed by the board.
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In other business, BMA members unanimously approved the re-appointment of Sarah Shults as the town’s municipal judge for a one-year term.
“Mrs. Shults has done an outstanding job for us,” Town of Erwin Mayor Doris Hensley said.