City weighing proposal to serve liquor at Greenville Town Common

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) After months of discussion, the Greenville City Council is getting ready to move forward with a plan that could allow liquor sales at one of its largest public areas.

A proposal to allow liquor and fortified wine consumption and sale at Town Common was first presented to the Council earlier this year.

Currently, unfortified wines and malt beverages such as beer can be sold and consumed in the area, as long as a permit is obtained from the city.

The new proposal would follow the same permit format as the one that currently exists but expands the list of alcoholic beverages that can be sold and used at the Town Common.

"This is a change in mindset with concerns to the invigoration of the Town Common and the events we want to hold there, " said Assistant City Manager Michael Cowin. "I think our council decided to just take it real slow, and a good place to start there was with unfortified wine and malt beverages, but now that we've seen the success of the type of events held there, maybe it's time now to take another step or look at taking another step."

Cowin also said that the goal is to present the final proposal to the City Council in January of next year, but before they do so they wanted to hold public meetings to get input from Greenville residents.

No one from the public spoke at Thursday's meeting, but the city, in hopes that they will receive input, is holding another meeting Wednesday, December, 12 at 6:00 PM at City Hall.