The DeKalb County Beer Board met Thursday night and received five applications for new beer permits. Final action on them will come at the next meeting on Thursday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the courthouse.
Filing applications for both on and off premises permits are Viva Gail Johnson of Jewel's Market and Pizza on North Congress Boulevard, Smithville; Back 9, LLC doing business as Riverwatch; and Jesus Villa of the Stop Market, LLC, formerly One Stop Market on Short Mountain Highway.
Those filing applications for off premises permits are Debra W. Sacran of D & D Market on Short Mountain Highway, and Araceli Godinez Soto of Nicole's Market on Short Mountain Highway.
All applicants must meet the new minimum distance requirement as established by the county commission along with any other regulations. As WJLE reported Tuesday, the county commission Monday night voted seven to five to rescind the 2,000 foot rule that the county has had in place since 1939 and adopt 800 feet as the minimum distance required between a store seeking a beer permit, and a church, school, or other place of public gathering measuring in a direct line, the nearest point to the nearest point. From the building to the building.
Members of the DeKalb County Beer Board voting to accept the applications for consideration Thursday night were Harrell Tolbert, Dick Knowles, Jim Stagi, Mack Harney, and Edward Frazier. Frank Thomas voted no and Robert Rowe was absent. Again, final action on these applications is scheduled for April 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the courthouse.
Meanwhile sixth district board member Harrell Tolbert announced his resignation from the board Thursday night. Because of redistricting, Tolbert has been moved from the sixth district to the fifth district and can no longer serve the sixth district as a beer board member. The county will have to appoint a new member to succeed Tolbert.