Pickens to allow later alcohol sales

By Pamela Dodson
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — Alcohol sales in the city of Pickens will now be allowed until 2 a.m.

In a move Monday night during Pickens City Council’s regular scheduled monthly meeting at City Hall, council voted unanimously to repeal part of an older ordinance that had previously stopped sales at midnight.

[cointent_lockedcontent] The vote came following the request of two local businesses. The owner of one of those businesses spoke to council during its meeting in March. The passage of the ordinance brings the city of Pickens in alignment with state regulations.

In other business, council passed an ordinance that amends the city’s grease and oil control program. The ordinance was an amendment to make the current grease trap ordinance more business-friendly to the restaurants that are required to collect and dispose of grease so it does not clog up the sewer system.

Effective July 1, the city will no longer pick up glass as part of its curbside recycling program. The stoppage is due to the fact that once the glass is no longer accepted at the process center without additional fees. Residents are encouraged to drop off glass for recycling at the Pickens County drop-off stations if at all possible.

It was also announced that the Pickens Senior Center has continued its fundraiser to help revitalize the auditorium at the center. Although the center has received several grants, the group still needs the community’s help to finish the final stage the renovations. The center is selling bricks, pavers and auditorium seat sponsors to raise money to complete the project. Bricks are $50, pavers are $100 and seats in the auditorium are $200. The purchase of the items will insure that buyers will always be a part of the facility’s history by having an engraved brick, paver or seat marker. For more information, call the center at (864) 878-6000.[/cointent_lockedcontent]