The city’s open container law has been changed to allow people to partake in city-sanctioned outdoor public events without fear of being cited for drinking.
Amended was a city ordinance that made it illegal to consume alcohol in public.
The following statement was added to exclude persons at approved events: “It is not a violation of this ordinance if the consumption of alcohol is approved pursuant to the Parks and Recreation Alcohol Policy.”
The measure passed 5-2. Mayor Jimmy Haley, Vice Mayor Ben Newman, and Aldermen Ryle Chastain, Everett Brock and Steve Harvey voted in favor of the change, while Aldermen Jimmy Bonner and Mike Neal voted against it.
“This isn’t allowing people to drink beer on the street,” said Brock.
The ordinance change only pertains to those areas where beer and alcohol consumption are approved by the city during a specific event. If an individual leaves the designated area with an open container, he or she is in violation of the city’s ordinance and can be cited by McMinnville Police Department.
McMinnville Parks and Recreation Department will be in charge of making sure event organizers understand the rules and meet the guidelines for holding such an event.