Greenville City Council passes brunch bill; District 1 appointment on hold

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Greenville City Council met Thursday night with a full agenda.

Council members had a lot to discuss and decide on including filling the vacancy for District 1 and the brunch bill.

By law, City Council is tasked with appointing someone to fill an empty seat.

A formal notice of the opening was sent to homeowners in District 1 on August 3rd with a deadline of August 9th. This left council with one day before they were set to vote.

Councilman McLean Godley of District 3 said, “I mean I just genuinely believe that that is not a long enough time frame. I believe people should be able to apply more, this is a big decision that you’re going to run for city council or see to be appointed to City Council.”

McLean Godley asked for an extension but that motion failed with a vote of 3 to 2.

Mayor Kandie Smith previously filled the seat and said, “The entire community knew that District 1’s seat would be open because at that meeting on July 6th. I had to resign in order to be appointed as mayor so that in itself is an entire month.”

Council voted to push the application period and selection date back to their next meeting on Monday, August 14th.

Another big decision to be made was the city’s view on the brunch bill.

One supporter said, “This is a pen stroke resolution that could bring extra revenue to the town increase tourism. It doesn’t really cost anything on your end and yet gives us a better Greenville.”

The room was full of those in support of the motion to allow alcoholic beverage be sold on Sunday’s as early as 10am.

Bianca Shoneman of Uptown Greenville said, “When I started in 2012, we had 17 restaurants on this map. Today we have 35 establishments in our central business district so these 35 establishments will stand to benefit from the brunch bill.”

No one spoke against the brunch bill this evening, including City Council.

Council unanimously passed the bill with no formal discussion.

It will take effect immediately and will include this upcoming Sunday.

Recently, the cities and towns of New Bern, Kinston, Atlantic Beach, Swansboro and Surf City approved the ordinance.

 

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