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Decatur considering allowing brewpubs to sell growlers, cans and bottles

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Decatur considering allowing brewpubs to sell growlers, cans and bottles

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UPDATE: This item was approved at the Oct. 17 City Commission meeting. 

Here’s the initial story … 

The Decatur City Commission meets Monday, Oct. 16, and will consider a resolution that would allow the city’s brewpubs to sell beer for off-premises consumption.

Decatur’s current brewpubs – Twain’s and Oak Brew Pub – would be allowed to sell beer in growlers, cans and bottles.

State law recently changed that gave cities the authority to allow brewpubs to sell their products for private consumption.

“In the next two months, City staff, working with the City Attorney, plan to present proposed amendments to Chapter 6 – Alcoholic Beverages of the City Code in order to align the City’s ordinance with recent changes to State laws that regulate the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages,” a memo attached to the meeting agenda says. “These amendments will address the sale of beer brewed by Decatur brewpubs directly to their customers for off-premises consumption. The Resolution provides temporary permission so that Decatur’s existing state-licensed brewpubs can move forward with their retail sales while the City updates its ordinances.”

City Commissioners will also consider awarding a $16,900 contract with Clearwater Environmental Resources for removing a 6,000 gallon underground storage tank from the United Methodist Children’s Home property and a $34,560 contract with Plants Creative Landscapes of Decatur for landscape maintenance of the property.

A memo about the underground storage tank removal contract also mentions environmental contamination found on the property.

“A small amount of contamination was detected during the environmental survey that was conducted prior to acquisition of the UMCH property and additional sampling is required prior to final closure,” the memo says. “Since there is the possibility that contaminated soil will need to be removed, a contingency of about $8,000 is proposed to cover the costs of remediation if required.”

The Oct. 16 meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at City Hall, located at 509 North McDonough Street.

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