Perry City Council amends BYOB ordinance

chwright@macon.comFebruary 20, 2013 

Perry businesses interested in bring-your-own-bottle events may now obtain permits without needing a full alcohol license.

City Manager Lee Gilmour said City Council reviewed Tuesday an existing BYOB, or brown-bagging, ordinance and decided to remove the requirement that a business already have an alcohol license.

“That didn’t make any sense,” Gilmour said. “If your business sells alcohol to make money, why would you let someone come in with their own?”

A business could obtain a brown-bagging permit for three days or an entire year. Though the business won’t be required to have the extensive background check required for alcohol licenses, it will need an official review of the property.

According to Gilmour, fees have not yet been set. No businesses have requested such a permit yet.

Also, City Council reviewed an ordinance to amend the fiscal 2013 budget.

Lee said it’s a regular midyear review council does for unforeseen costs not included in the budget approved in June. He said the staff has not finalized the list of adjustments but will have them ready for the March 5 vote.

“The primary reason for a first reading is to advise the public something is coming up,” Lee said. “If the public has some issues with it, they can address it to council.”

To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.

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