Elkins looking at ‘brunch bill’

ELKINS — Elkins City Council has approved, on the first of two necessary readings, a proposed ordinance that would permit licensed businesses to sell alcohol for on-premises consumption on Sundays beginning at 10 a.m., as opposed to the current 1 p.m.

The proposed ordinance, which is Elkins’ version of the so-called “brunch bill” that has passed in many municipalities around the state within the last year, will be brought to Council for its second and final reading at the Sept. 7 City Council meeting.

The new law would allow the sale of beer, wine and liquor within city limits beginning at 10 a.m. Sundays by liquor license holders with an “on-premise” license, such as a private club (liquor, wine and non-intoxicating beer), a fraternal club (liquor, wine and non-intoxicating beer), a tavern (non-intoxicating beer), a wine restaurant or spa (wine only), a brew pub, a growler station and a private wine bed and breakfast (wine only).

City Treasurer Tracy Judy provided Council with a list of city businesses with a Class A alcohol license, which could benefit from the proposed ordinance. They include the 1863 Grill, Post 29 American Legion, Beander’s, the Brewstel, Big Timber, CJ Maggie’s, El Gran Sabor, Gino’s Pizza, the Jabberwock Bar & Grill, Pizza Hut, VFW Post 3647 and Vintage Restaurant and Wine Bar.

In other City Council news:

∫ Jimmy Hammond, treasurer of the Randolph County Convention and Visitors Bureau, gave an annual report on the RCCVB’s activities during the most recent Council meeting on Aug. 17.

Hammond said an article about the area included in Blue Ridge Country Magazine was especially notable and helpful for tourism.

“It was worth a lot,” Hammond said. “That magazine goes all over the country.”

He also noted that the hotel/motel tax revenues — which fund the RCCVB — have fallen significantly.

“Finances are down about 25 percent,” Hammond said. “The loss of the American Mountain Theater has hit us hard.”

Hammond thanked Council for their support and asked them not to cut the RCCVB’s funding in the next city budget.

∫ Council passed, on the first of three required readings, a proposed ordinance imposing a municipal court technology and maintenance fee.

The proposed ordinance states, “The Court shall assess a mandatory $1 fee upon each and every defendant found guilty or pleading nolo contendere regarding a misdemeanor violation, including traffic violations and moving violations, but excluding municipal parking ordinance violations.

“The municipality shall use the money raised by this fee to not only fund the current technological costs of its municipal court, but also to update the municipal court’s technology as needed.”