JUSTIN — City staff members in Justin are working on creating an alcoholic beverage policy and procedures outline that they hope will help city officials regulate the establishment of liquor stores within city limits.
The item was discussed during a regular City Council meeting Monday, and City Manager Ashley Stathatos said she expects the council will consider taking it to a vote next month.
The policy that city officials are seeking to implement will give them the opportunity to address the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission in any instance that city officials decide that they don’t want another liquor store inside the city limits.
The TABC has the final authority on whether to approve or deny a liquor store its permit, Stathatos said, but she added that she hopes the policy will give the city a voice in the matter.
The policy that the council will consider would give city officials the option to adopt a resolution that will be either for or against a liquor store. The resolution then would be given to TABC officials in hopes of swaying their decision.
“It will give us a voice,” Stathatos said.
The council members and staff want to make sure the city grows in a responsible manner, she said.
“It makes sense for cities to have some kind of policy in place because it is possible to have too many of the same type of business in the area,” she said.
Stathatos said the policy, which is pending council approval, is one step in the city’s efforts to tighten zoning regulations and ordinances.
“We have a few things in the works to develop the area,” she said.
Many of the changes will affect downtown Justin and hopefully encourage additional growth, Stathatos said.
In other business, the council approved an ordinance to adopt the 2009 Uniform Codes and 2008 National Electric Code.
Before, the city used the 2003 Uniform Codes and 2002 National Electric Code.
The codes refer to the regulations and standards that are used to build new homes and businesses.
City officials say the new requirements are necessary for the safety, strength and stability of any proposed structure.
“If I were building a new home, I would want it to be held to newer standards, which makes them safer and efficient, Stathatos said.
The codes regulate things including medical facilities, building materials, insulation and energy consumption.
“It will only apply for new construction unless homeowners want to completely remodel their homes,” Stathatos said.
The council also agreed to accept an approximately $128,000 bid from CXT Concrete Buildings for the installation of a concession stand and restroom facility at Community Park. The total area of the building will be 520 square feet, and officials say the estimated time for construction and completion is 90 days.
The next scheduled council meeting is 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Justin City Hall, 415 N. College St.
JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.