Alba business owner to open drive-through beer barn

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Wood County’s first drive-through beer barn will be coming to Alba soon because of action by the Alba City Council on last Monday night, July 3.

Connie Mize, owner of Connie’s Place in Alba, appeared before the council to request revision and / or deletions to a city alcohol ordinance. She was also requesting return of property from an abandoned alley on Lunn Street beside her business so she can operate a drive-through beer barn adjacent to it. Connie’s Place will not sell alcohol for on-premises consumption.

There are other property owners who will be affected in the disbursement of the abandoned alley and the council tabled action on that portion of the request until other property owners can be contacted, but gave approval of Mize’s request to the extent that she can go ahead with the beer barn operation.

In the departmental reports section of the council meeting, Public Works Manager Paul Kelbe reported that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality had made its semi-annual inspection of the Alba wastewater treatment system in late June and found a few minor problems with the facilities, but nothing that could not be quickly and easily remedied.

However, Kelbe said that the Alba-Golden School District lift station line that ties into the city of Alba system had major problems. Even though it will be the school district’s responsibility to remedy these problems, it will reflect on the city of Alba since it is connected to the city’s system.

Kelbe said the school district system, which ties into the city system near the intersection of Highway 17 and US 69, had three main areas of concern. The first was the cover over the wastewater well was not in place and the well was not completely and properly covered. The second was that the electric panels for the system were not secure and unauthorized persons could access them. The third was that some of the wiring at the system was not enclosed in conduit.

Alba-Golden Superintendent Dwayne Ellis was on vacation and not available for comment on this situation. He is due back on Thursday when the Alba-Golden School Board will hold its monthly board meeting, starting with a workshop at 6 p.m.

Alba Fire Chief Shawn Newland reported to the council that the new fire truck is on target to be delivered on Aug. 3. The truck is due to be inspected on July 14, is scheduled to be at Texas A&M from July 21 to July 25, and then will be in Houston for all the gear to be loaded onto the truck before the delivery date.

The council also accepted the resignation of Kenneth Wright from the Library Board and approved Alicia Lowery as his replacement.

A committee of Mayor Sonny Hass, Alderpersons Tammy Kirkpatrick and Marja Heinert, and Newland was selected to study possible personnel policy revisions for the City of Alba.

Wayne and Robin Honakar appeared before the council inquiring about reimbursement for certain improvements made at their business, Robin’s Nest. They were informed that the city did not have a policy allowing such reimbursements, but there might be some type of funds available for that from the Wood County Industrial Commission.

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