POTTSBORO — The Pottsboro City Council denied a request for a specific-use alcohol permit for the city’s Family Dollar Monday night. After considering a request from the establishment to have spirits available for purchase and consumption off the property, the council came to the decision that the purchase of alcohol will continue to be prohibited at that location.

POTTSBORO — The Pottsboro City Council denied a request for a specific-use alcohol permit for the city’s Family Dollar Monday night. After considering a request from the establishment to have spirits available for purchase and consumption off the property, the council came to the decision that the purchase of alcohol will continue to be prohibited at that location.


Before reaching that decision, a public forum was held, where one individual spoke out against having the Family Dollar sell alcoholic beverages, City Manager Kevin Farley said Wednesday. He said store representatives pointed to other Family Dollars in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that sold alcohol as an example of what they were wanting to do.


Mayor Frank Budra said the discussion at the meeting concluded that many felt alcohol was not a positive thing to add to the community.


"There are those that think alcohol is not good for our youth, it’s not good for our more mature people who happen to abuse it and I guess they would like to limit community exposure to alcohol," Budra said.


Farley said the establishment can appeal the council’s decision if it so desires.


"It’s something they can come back to council with and request that that be reviewed again and provide additional information if they so choose, and the council can review that request again," Farley said.


Budra said he felt the subject probably would be revisited. He said denying the sale of alcohol at Family Dollar appealed to many citizens, but it could also limit the number of customers the area sees, especially when it comes to individuals getting supplies for a weekend at Lake Texoma.


"I would hate to say ‘We’re going to limit sales, so don’t bother stopping in Pottsboro to get beer and milk and ice because all you can get is milk and ice,’" Budra said. "It probably would have an impact on some of our locations here if we didn’t" sell alcohol.


Pottsboro does have several stores that do sell alcohol, including Brookshire’s and Tanglewood Liquors, Budra said.


The council also approved an incentive program for personnel within the city’s public works department. Farley explained some of the city’s public works staff has obtained Texas Commission on Environmental Quality licenses in either water or wastewater programs.


"There is a value to those that hold a license in the city, and we wanted to be able to compensate those individuals as they obtain those licenses, if they do, and basically reward them for that increase in value that they would have for us," Farley said.


TCEQ’s programs have four license types: D, C, B, and A. Farley said the council ultimately decided to exclude the D license from the incentive program.


"It’s basically a certificate-type program," Farley said about the D license. "But the C, B and A (programs) require quite a bit of classroom time and an exam and continued education and that sort of thing. So each level of those, we felt like would increase the value that that employee would give the city, and we just want to be able to compensate them if they obtain those different levels of license as they went."


The council approved a motion to initiate a compensation program of 75 cents an hour for those city employees with licenses.


The meeting also saw the council approve an annexation of 704 Pearce Dr., a park usage agreement between the city and the Pottsboro Youth Association, the Pottsboro Area Library’s submission of a grant to the Tocker foundation, a general election to be held on May 7, an ordinance to readopt the city’s investment policies, a health care insurance agreement between TML and the city, an update to the city’s court software, a contract renewal with Retail Electric Provider and individuals to fill places within city commissions.