By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
Atmore City Council members approved an application for a local discount store to sell beer and wine, okayed the purchase of a used vehicle and gave the green light to a community event that is scheduled for August at Rivercane.
The council, sitting one member short due to the absence of District 4’s Susan Smith, approved an application by Family Dollar Store, located in Adams Plaza shopping center on Church Street, to sell beer and wine.
Mayor Jim Staff told council members that the application had already been approved at the state level, and the measure passed by a unanimous vote.
The council also unanimously approved the purchase for $23,000 of a 2017 Ford F-150 4×4 pickup from state surplus for the city’s Parks, Cemeteries and Beautification department. Staff said the vehicle the department had been using actually belonged to Escambia County.
In the only other business, the council approved the use of Rivercane Park (located just behind Hardee’s and Taco Bell, off Alabama 21) for Evening in White, a community back-to-school celebration.
Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Emily Wilson asked for permission to use the city park.
Wilson said the ticketed event, at which attendees are encouraged to wear all-white clothing would be a “mixture of Celebrity Waiter and an outdoor picnic.”
She explained that all the costs of the “picnic-style sendoff to summer,” which will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, were being paid by the Chamber. That measure also gained a unanimous vote.