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Depot Street Brewery one step closer to offering on-site consumption

At its Feb. 8 meeting, the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen moved a step closer to allowing Depot Street Brewery to sell beer for consumption on-site.
Depot Street Brewery owner, Michael Foster, requested he be allowed to sell beer for on-premise consumption for a restricted number of hours per week. The brewery is already approved for retail sales for off-premise consumption, and Foster is allowed to offer free samples to those touring his facility.
Foster wants to sell beer on-premise no more than 20 hours a week, for example when a customer on a tour wishes to purchase a beer and drink it on site.
State Code allows manufacturing facilities to serve beer on-premise, but the manufacturer has to go through the local permitting process.
Town Attorney Jim Wheeler prepared an amendment to the Town’s Beer Ordinance that allows for on-premise beer sales at a manufacturing facility in Jonesborough.
The amendment passed on the first reading, and will need to have a public hearing before its second reading, when it can be officially passed.
The Town also moved forward on its $513,040 T-21 Enhancement Grant to construct a section of the Lost State Scenic Walkway from 3rd Avenue to Mill Spring Park. The project was funded over a year ago, but the Tennessee Department of Transportation lost the environmental review involving the project, and it had to be resent in November.
The BMA chose Gary Tysinger as the engineer, and has to wait for a Notice to Proceed from TDOT to begin the project.
Also at the meeting, Eric Worley was hired as a new public safety officer for Jonesborough. Worley, a native of North Carolina, was employed with the Roanoke Police Department for the past two years.
The Town interviewed 21 applicants for the position.
The BMA also approved Martin Wisor as a volunteer chaplain for the Jonesborough Public Safety Department.
In addition, the $400,000 donation to Jonesborough from James C. Martin in honor of his late wife Mary B. Martin was officially approved. Martin said he wants the donation to support a comprehensive program for the arts, connected to Jonesborough schools and East Tennessee State University.