Porterdale OKs outside revelry

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

PORTERDALE -- Patrons in Porterdale can enjoy outside dining and entertainment, but they must go in by 11 p.m., based on a newly passed amendment to the city's ordinances.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt an amendment to the city's ordinances allowing outside entertainment and consumption of alcohol on premises.

Tuesday's third reading of the ordinance contained a couple of revisions from previous versions. Now, the city's police chief has the power to enforce any violation an applicant seeking a temporary entertainment permit may make.

"Failure to obtain a temporary entertainment permit or abide by the regulations for the ... permit may result in a fine of not less than $1,000 per offense and possible jail time of six months," the ordinance states.

Another provision that was added to the final version of the ordinance permits the city manager to extend the time when all outside music, live entertainment or open air dining must end for the night.

The ordinance states that this kind of entertainment must not extend past 11 p.m. However, the council agreed that the city manager may extend this curfew to 1 a.m. on certain days, such as New Year's Eve. Several council members stated that even though the city manager has this latitude, they do not expect very many circumstances other than New Year's Eve when this would be an issue.

"I believe any band needs to close up by 1 a.m.," said Councilman Lowell Chambers.

The council also held the third reading and unanimously approved an amendment of the city's noise ordinance to bring its provisions in line with the outdoor entertainment ordinance.

In other news, the City Council discussed a possible contract with Text The Check, a company that would provide online bill paying capabilities for Porterdale residents. The council directed City Attorney Tim Chambers to continue working with the company's representative on the contract, including a clause requiring the company to pay a security bond or provide a letter of credit.

The council unanimously named Judy Johnson to serve another year as city clerk.

Post 1 Councilman Robert Foxworth was appointed mayor pro tem for 2011.