Pinehurst will be getting a new ordinance to cover the sale of alcoholic beverages in the city. Charles Falls with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission spoke to the Pinehurst City Council Tuesday evening.
Falls reviewed the current alcoholic beverage ordinance for the council. He pointed out numerous statues in the ordinance that were either confusing or conflicting to the purpose of the ordinance. Following Fall’s comments Pinehurst’s Code Enforcement Officer Harry Vine admitted the ordinance is very antiquated. “We’re going to do our best to revise, update, and actually write a new ordinance with the help of the members appointed to the committee that will work well for the citizens of Pinehurst,” Vine said.
Joining Vine on the committee assigned to produce a new alcoholic beverage ordinance are City Administrator Robbie Hood, City Attorney Tommy Gunn, Mayor Pete Runnels, Alderman T. W. Permenter, and Falls. Pinehurst implemented in June a six-month moratorium on the issuing of liquor licenses with the prospects of writing a new ordinance being very likely.
Hood and Gunn were authorized by the council to review the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Orange County for a pre-disaster contract. The county is still working up the final details of the memorandum before submitting it to the various municipalities in Orange County most likely before the next City Council meeting in Pinehurst. With the council’s authorization, Hood and Gunn can review and forward the MOU to Mayor Runnels for his signature without needing to wait for a council meeting.
The City Council approved two requests by citizens for variances to allow them to place manufactured homes on properties in Pinehurst. Colleen Porter was granted her request for two variances which will allow her to place a manufactured home that is older than ten years old on property at 3602 Raven that has an existing home on it. The variances were approved for a period not to exceed one year.
Charles Darden was approved a variance to locate and occupy a recreational vehicle for eight weeks. That time is necessary for Darden to move his new double wide manufactured home to his property at 3454 Heron.
Keri Michutka was approved to perform the annual audit for Pinehurst during the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018. Michutka was praised for her work on last year’s audit.
-Dan Perrine, KOGT-