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FAIRMONT — After an incident-free trial run at its May Day Festival, Fairmont will allow the sale of alcohol at town events held in Fairmont Community Park.

The town’s Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting on Tuesday voted 4-1 in favor of allowing alcohol sales. Commissioner Amelia Ann McLean voted against and Commissioner Carol Leak-McKenzie was absent.

The board first considered the proposal at its April meeting and decided to allow the Fairmont Chamber of Commerce to sell beer at the May 31 festival.

“… It went off with a bang,” Commissioner Monte McCallum said of the event. Town Clerk Jenny Larson estimated as many as 2,000 people attended the event.

Commissioners J.J. McCree and Wade Sealey questioned how “alcohol-approved” public events could be kept separate from private events, like birthday parties, where children may be present.

In turn, the board voted to amend a proposed version of the ordinance to state that an alcohol-approved event cannot be held in the park at the same time as any other event, including another public event. Furthermore, whichever event is brought to the town first will get to use the park.

The event organizer must present a copy of an ABC permit to the town 10 days before the proposed event and the event must be contained to the half of the park where the Fairmont Development Corporation Pavilion is located.

The board also held a closed session regarding personnel and attorney-client privilege. No action was taken during the closed session, but the board voted in open session to continue it to a meeting on Tuesday that was called to discuss the town budget. That meeting begins at 6 p.m.

In other business, the board:

— Held a public hearing on the 2014-2015 budget. No one from the public elected to speak during the hearing.

— Voted to continue participating in the North Carolina Small Town Main Street Program.

— Reappointed Phostenia McCrimmon, Dennis Hicks and Willie Grissett to three-year terms on the town’s Planning Board.

— Accepted the following bids for surplus properties: $1,000 for a vacant lot at McDaniel and Market streets; $5,000 for a warehouse on North Chestnut Street; $1,500 for the property at 606 N. Main St.; $2,500 for a lot on Iona Street; and $1,835 for the property at 202 Liberia St.

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