City Council expects vote on pub ordinance next month

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An ordinance that’s been shelved is expected to go before Elizabethton leaders next month.  

Following Thursday’s City Council meeting, Curt Alexander told News Channel 11 that officials intend to vote on a pub ordinance next month for a second-and-final reading.  

The ordinance passed in September but has since been shelved for further input from the community.  

“We’ve got an ordinance in place, we’ve pulled ideas from several surrounding cities,” Alexander said. “We want to make sure we have all the input from all council members and citizens before moving forward.”  

Since the initial passage, citizens in favor, and against, have made their voices heard.  

A rally was held Wednesday night for Michael Howell and Cheri Tinney, a young couple that plans to open Riverside Taproom downtown if the ordinance passes.  

With both sides being vocal, Alexander says councilmen appreciate all the feedback.  

“That’s what is so great about this city … there’s a lot of passion about this ordinance,” Alexander said. “We appreciate everyone who has spoken for, or against, the ordinance. We value that input and it allows us to know avenue to take. We always value the public’s input and that’s one of the big reasons why we’ve waited to have a final reading.”  

Council also voted unanimously to approve a $450,800 capital outlay note to spearhead renovations at Joe O’Brien Field for the Elizabethton Twins.  

The city and Minnesota Twins reached an agreement last month to keep the minor league baseball team in Elizabethton, with the city funding $1.5 million and the Twins pitching in $800,000.  

Alexander says the capital outlay note will be used to pay contractors for the work, and the Twins will reimburse the city over time. 

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