DOBSON — Three days after Pilot Mountain passed an ordinance supporting the “brunch bill” the town of Dobson followed suit.
In June, the N.C. General Assembly passed Senate Bill 155 into law. It allows cities and towns to decide for themselves if alcohol will be served two hours earlier on Sundays. Rather than noon, businesses may sell or serve alcohol beginning at 10 a.m.
Pilot commissioners met Monday night and voted unanimously in favor of the ordinance. On Thursday, the Dobson Board of Commissioners passed a similar ordinance.
Town Manager Josh Smith said his office received two letters of support a month ago for the new law: the Shelton Companies and Putters Patio and Grill.
The town board gave the idea a month to mull it over and collect input from constituents.
At Thursday’s meeting, it was discussed how Surry County has come to rely heavily on tourism dollars. Visitors who pull off Interstate 77 are acclimated to this state’s blue laws, the commissioners noted.
Smith said the checkout time at the hotels at the interstate is 11 a.m., and guests can’t buy a bottle of wine to take with them when they leave because it isn’t noon yet.
Billy Pell, chairman of the Pilot Mountain ABC board, said Monday that the law didn’t affect his group because the ABC store is closed all day on Sundays. Similarly, the Dobson store is also closed on Sundays.
After further discussion, the Dobson board voted in favor of the ordinance.
• Also at Thursday’s meeting, the board filled a long vacant position on the Tourism Development Authority board.
Smith said a member moved out of town about a year ago, which precluded the member from serving on the board.
Voted as the new member is John Jonczak, who with his wife Jessica, operates the Barn at Heritage Farm. Since opening their doors in September last year, the Jonczaks have hosted several events including a wedding expo and an antiques show.
John Jonczak has had a significant impact on tourism in Dobson and should have a voice on the TDA board, the commissioners believed.
• The town presented a certificate of recognition and appreciation to Jessica Casstevens for her volunteer efforts with the 508 Foundation, a nonprofit group created in memory of the late Officer Dave Wilmoth.
The foundation, named 508 after Dave’s call number, has raised thousands of dollars for student athletes here in the county who have financial needs so that they can participate in athletics, explained Smith, who serves on the organization’s board with Casstevens.
She has put in a tremendous effort to raise funds, said Smith. “I told her she can never resign because we need her too much.”
• After a string of bad luck on movie nights, Smith said he was pleased to see good weather Friday afternoon for the town’s 7 p.m. showing of Disney’s “Moana.” This showing’s theme was The End of Summer Luau, with games, hula hoop contest, food and more.
After this, there is only one last movie night for the year on Sept. 9, said Smith.
As for other summer activities, the town manager said the Splash Pad has been inundated with people over the summer. Schools as far away as an hour have been calling about scheduling an end-of-year celebration next May and June.
Reach Jeff at 415-4692.