Rainsville to Vote on Alcohol Sales

Rainsville to Vote on Alcohol Sales

By Marla Jones, Managing Editor • marla@southerntorch.com

RAINSVILLE, Ala. — (Full video below) The Rainsville City Council held their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday.  

The Council approved Resolution 6-15-2020 B that pertains to the wet/dry referendum being placed on the ballot for the upcoming municipal election. 

In 2014, the citizens voted to keep the City of Rainsville dry.

According to Mayor Rodger Lingerfelt, enough signed petitions have been submitted to City Hall. The petitions have been inspected to verify that the signers’ live in the city limits and are on the Rainsville voters’ list. 

As the Council put the resolution up for a vote, Councilman Marshall Stiefel requested to make a statement regarding the Wet/Dry Referendum.  

“I feel like they have a constitutional right to have it presented to the Council and put it on the ballot, therefore, I will honor it” stated Stiefel. “ I just want to let it be known and let the people know I myself looked at it, and I personally will vote against it.”

The petition reads as follows:

“To the Mayor and City Council of the City of Rainsville, Alabama: “It is petitioned that a municipal option election be held at the same time of the August 2020 election to permit the legal sale and distribution of alcoholic beverage within the municipality of Rainsville as provided under Section 28-2A-1 of Code of Alabama, 1975 as amended.” 

The Council approved the purchase of 16 acres of land in the amount of $160,00 for future expansion of the Field of Dreams Sports Complex.

The Council also approved the following:

  • Purchase of 100 garbage cans from Toter in the amount of $5,662.35
  • Repair the damaged manhole in front of The Carpet Center and Edward Jones for a cost of $2000 to Boozer Construction
  • Approved Resolution 6-15-2020 (A) pertaining to 2020 Official Poll Workers list for the upcoming municipal election
  • Approved Ordinance 6-15-2020 regarding the annexation of Autumn Creek Subdivision and accepting the street as Autumn Lane for 911 addresses
  • Approved Resolution 6-15-2020 C that pertains to the TAP application for a grant to install sidewalks from Rainsville Foodland to Cornerstone Chrisitan Academy
  • Pay $2000 for a protective barrier at the Rainsville Public Library.  The total cost was $4500 with $2500 coming from funds provided by the DeKalb County Commission
  • Accepting resignations from Dean White and Tim Devlin from the Rainsville Police Department effective 6-23-2020
  • Post two patrolmen positions within the Rainsville Police Department
  • Hired Joey Walden at the Rainsville Fire Department at $12.29 per hour starting July 1 with a 90-day probation 

The next Rainsville City Council meeting will be held on July 6, 2020, with a workshop at 4:15 p.m. and a regular session at 5 p.m. 

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