Ranburne Town Council to research restaurant liquor licenses
May 15, 2017
By Bill Wilson
The Anniston Star

Members of the Town Council agreed Monday night to research the process of granting liquor licenses to restaurants that want to open in the town limits. Currently there are no restaurants that serve alcohol in Ranburne and the mayor wants to keep it that way.

“I’m totally 100 percent against it, I’m not going to change my mind,” said Ranburne Mayor Jim Smith.  

However, a business owner previously approached the council with the idea of opening a Mexican restaurant that serves margaritas, beer and wine. Council members want to discuss the issues and be ready with answers at the next council meeting.

“I don’t know the rules or the laws, I don’t know, is there a ratio to sell so much food?” the mayor asked. The council plans to look at the ordinance neighboring cities like Heflin and Bowdon, Ga., have concerning alcohol sales at restaurants.

The council also talked about the possible backlash from residents over this issue.

“I really don’t feel like that five people should have to shoulder that responsibility to upset this whole community,” said Councilman Larry Smith.  

The council discussed the possibility of having a community meeting to discuss the ordinance. The town currently allows wine and beer to be sold in corporate limits for off-premises consumption.

In other matters, police Chief Steve Tucker brought to the meeting one of the three patrol cars to demonstrate how it needs a paint job and new decals. The paint is peeling off the car and the decals are splitting off.

Assistant director of the Ranburne Recreation Department Mike Swafford told the council that the department is considering hosting a 5K run in the future but no date has been set.