Stanfield to hold public hearing next month to discuss ‘brunch bill’ ordinance

Published 11:42 am Tuesday, August 10, 2021

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Stanfield will hold a public hearing next month to discuss whether to pass an ordinance allowing alcohol sales beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday instead of noon.

Mayor Kevin Barbee said the town received a written request from Ruchik Mehta, the owner of Stanfield Mini Mart, asking for the council to make the change.

The state first passed the so-called “Brunch Bill” in 2017 and since then numerous municipalities have passed ordinances allowing retail outlets and restaurants in their jurisdiction to start selling alcohol at 10 a.m. Sunday. Albemarle, Badin and Locust have already passed Brunch Bill ordinances.

The commissioners briefly discussed the issue, with Jerry Williams flatly stating he opposed it, before they decided to hold a public hearing to get direct feedback from the community.

“I want to hear what the town thinks,” Commissioner James Kluttz said.

There will be two other zoning public hearings next month — one involves a modification to amend the town’s zoning ordinance concerning the definition of a large lot rural subdivision while the other involves amending the zoning ordinance by adding additional language concerning minimum lot easement.

The council’s next meeting will be 7 p.m. Sept. 2.


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Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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