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The City Council on Tuesday night voted to designate a portion of the River District as an “outdoor refreshment area.” The designation will allow limited public possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Even though the proposal was passed, it cannot go into effect until the city of Danville purchases an ABC license, which can take about 60 to 90 days. The Danville Development Council, a 501(c)(4), has agreed to be the license-holder for the area.
The designation incorporates the required state rules and prohibits the consumption of alcohol in certain city government buildings, schools, churches, and upon public trails. Also, private property owners retain the right to exclude the consumption of alcohol upon their property.
The area includes the entire portion of the River District south of the Dan River. A state law that went into effect last July allows localities to establish up to three designated outdoor refreshment areas.
In other matters, the City Council voted to:
The City Council also held a first reading on a budget amendment to provide for a federal grant for two program initiatives: the Promoting Empathy through Equitable Resolution (PEER) and Youth PEER Court (YPC) programs.
A first reading is an introductory step required by City Code. City Council will this matter at its next meeting.