F’ville tightens controls on alcohol servers

Tue, 09/22/2009 - 3:43pm
By: Ben Nelms

The Fayetteville City Council Sept. 17 tightened restrictions on people serving alcohol who have previous alcohol-related convictions.

The section on rejecting the issue or re-issue of a handling permit was revised to include anyone who has been convicted of a state law violation or has been convicted of the misuse of alcohol within the past two years, including an offense for driving under the influence.

Also included in the amended ordinance was the prohibition of issuing a handling permit to include anyone who has pled guilty more than once or has been convicted more than once of a violation of state law relating to the manufacture or sale of alcoholic beverages.

A third section of the amendment dealt with the appeal process after a permit has been denied or not renewed. The excluded employee can take the case to an appeal board consisting of all participating jurisdictions within the county. The applicant can appeal that board’s decision in Fayette County Superior Court.

Other items at the Sept. 17 meeting included transferring the contract with waste hauler CLM Sanitation to Waste Industries Atlanta LLC. CLM is merging with Waste Industries LLC to form the new company.

And at the meeting, a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association was presented to Finance Director Lynn Robinson, Assistant Director Ellen Walls and the Finance Department staff. Fayetteville has received the award for 13 consecutive years.

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