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Duluth amends alcohol ordinance

DULUTH — It was business as usual Monday for the Duluth City Council as it approved every action item put forth during the monthly council meeting.

Among the most prominent items was an amendment to the city’s alcohol ordinance.

The three areas changed included sections detailing outside events, art shops and happy hour.

For outside events, the changes include relaxing the handling permit requirements that allows pouring managers (with handling permits) to supervise handlers who are mostly volunteer.

“For permits, people have to attend a class and pay a fee,” City Attorney Steve Pereira said. “We have hundreds of volunteers at these events helping out. We believe a pouring manager with all of those requirements is sufficient.”

Also approved was an amendment to removed requirements for fixed pricing throughout the day. This allows for businesses with license to serve alcohol to run promotional events to bring in business.

Other items approved included an amendment to the noise ordinance of the Duluth Code.

After numerous complaints centered on the use of loud speakers and public address systems at the Duluth High School baseball field, the staff recommended a revision in the code to provide an exemption for Gwinnett County Schools as well as city parks and city events.

The city was also recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada with a Distinguished Budget Award.

It’s the second year the city has received the award, which is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting.