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Council approves expanded Sunday beer sales hours

Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 5:00 pm

By David Knox

The Metro Lynchburg Moore County Council met Monday night and approved several ordinances and board appointees.

The council approved a five-member beer board, expanding from the three members it had previously. Added to chairman Buford Jennings and members Amy R. Cashion and Mark Watkins were Gina Henshaw and Nathan Buchanan.

Appointed and approved to the Planning Commission are Christine Pyrdom, Eddie Burton, Ryan Dickert, Jeff Ross, Shawn Adams, Tommy Brown and Booby Carroll, who is a new member. Chair Tara Parks is stepping down as is member Sandy Lewis. One more member will have to be selected.

The Historical Zoning Commission includes Lynne Tolley, Ron Bradford, Emily Bedford, Hank Terjen and newcomers Meghan Bailey and Cyndy Carroll.

The Library Board consists of Meghan Bailey, Mary Thompson, Larry Luzader, Tammy Owen, Sandra Moses, Jean Clark and Sherri Copeland. Bailey and Owen are regional board appointees.

In other business, there were second and third readings and final council approval to define the operations of the MUD board; the rezoning of the Pierce Property from A1 to I1; resolutions accepted to accept the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan; and a resolution to accept the MUD board’s refinancing of the debt; and a resolution to extend the hours of beer sales to 10 a.m. to midnight on Sundays, a change from the noon-midnight hours. This is for off-premises consumption only. All votes passed 14-0 (one member absent), except for the extension of the beer sales hours, which Sunny Rae Moorehead voted against.

The council also heard from Moore County High students Ben Fletcher, Cayden Smith and Avery Hardin, who spoke about the BITZ campaign raising awareness of distracted driving. They proposed measures to make the roads safer near the high school.

Public Safety Director Jason Deal presented a quarterly report, a new report Deal has begun since the Public Safety Restructuring.

From July 1-Sept. 30, EMS has had 229 calls, an average of 2.5 a day; 12 times a second unit has been called out; and extra personnel on calls have been 17.

Fire Calls were also broken down. There have been 8 fire alarm calls; 4 mutual aid calls; 2 gas leaks; 8 wrecks/injuries; 2 structure fires; and 4 outside fires.

The 911 Center received a total of 2,586 calls.

  • Prior to the council meeting, the beer board met and approved the on- and off-site beer consumption from Tim Durm. Durm’s request for a permit had been tabled from the last meeting because of a question about his address. The board determined that his address on Main Street is valid.
  • The beer board also set its regular meeting times to 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month, only as needed.