The Effingham City Council has approved an ordinance amendment allowing the sale and consumption of beer and wine at public events held within the City. Sale and consumption of beer and wine was previously allowed, but it had to be done on private property and needed to be sectioned off from the rest of the event. The amendment was passed with a 3-2 vote. Commissioners Don Althoff and Merv Gillenwater were the two “no” votes. This item was first discussed during the council’s meeting on September 1st.
The Council also approved a consulting services agreement with Opportunity Alliance for the provision of general governmental consulting services and technical assistance with the development of an Enterprise Zone application. There will be 9 zones up for grabs when the City submits its application. The agreement with Opportunity Alliance is for two years at a cost of $5,000. The money will be paid from multiple funds.
An ordinance was also approved amending the Effingham City Council Rules and Regulations. The ordinance modifies the public participation policy. Speaker’s cards now need to be submitted 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the scheduled meeting. Additionally, what is required on speaker’s cards is now modified, with contact information no longer required. These rules and regulations are posted in full on the City’s website.