GRAHAM — Have an opinion on Sunday morning drinking?
While not required to, the Alamance County Board of Commissioners have a public hearing on the so-called “brunch bill” at its regular meeting 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18.
WHAT? With the commissioners’ approval, Sunday morning alcohol sales — in restaurants and stores — would be allowed in unincorporated Alamance County.
WHY? “In accordance with G.S. 18B-1004(c), a county may adopt an ordinance allowing for the sale of malt beverages, unfortified wine, fortified wine, and mixed beverages beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday ….” according to the text of the state law approved in July.
FOR CLARITY SAKE: While the measure is known as the “brunch bill,” you don’t have to be sitting in front of an expensive plate of eggs Benedict to get a drink Sunday mornings under the law. It covers everything from mimosas on the terrace to Mogen David behind the dumpster — possibly why the request for the vote came from a convenience store chain and not a restaurant.
SCORECARD: So far, Elon, Mebane and Burlington have all approved Sunday morning alcohol sales. Graham will have a public hearing in October.
WHAT? Another public hearing — this one on new flood maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
WHY? FEMA released new maps of the floodplains — as it does on an irregular basis — and the county and municipalities have until Nov. 17 to approve them, or flood insurance premiums will rise significantly.
AFFECTS WHOM? Some people are in floodplains when they weren’t before; some are out of them now. It more or less evens out, Planning Director Libby Hodges said.
TO LEARN MORE: Go to alamancecounty.connectgis.com, look under “Layers” on the right side, scroll down, and check the boxes for “FEMA Floodplain” and “Prelim FEMA Floodplain” to see changes in the proposed FEMA maps.
WHO NEEDS IT? Those who own their property outright don’t have to get flood insurance, but if there is a mortgage, it’s pretty much guaranteed that the holder will demand flood insurance for property in the floodplain.
FUN FACT: The biggest impact on flooding risk is development upstream, which in Alamance County’s case is Caswell County, which is not experiencing a building boom.
SOMETHING EXPENSIVE: It’s time for county emergency services to get new radios at about $2.6 million. Three fire departments — Snow Camp, E.M. Holt and Northeast Alamance — are placing their orders with the county to get the best price, which will bump the total cost up to about $3 million. Those fire departments will pay the county back.
LAND SALE: The commissioners are likely to schedule a public hearing for late October or early November on the sale of the old Kernodle Clinic at 319 Graham-Hopedale Road to Alamance Academy, a faith-based recovery nonprofit organization. There would be 30 days for upset bids.
Reporter Isaac Groves can be reached at email@example.com or 336-506-3045. Follow him on Twitter at @tnigroves.