Brentwood to vote on changes to beer laws, energy conservation code


Brentwood to vote on changes to beer laws, energy conservation code

By MATT BLOIS

The City Commission will consider changes to the city’s liquor laws and a change to the energy conservation code at its next meeting on Monday night.

A change in state law earlier this year allowed liquor stores to begin selling alcohol at 10 a.m. on Sundays. In January, 2019, the new law will also allow grocery stores to sell wine starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

The city’s current beer policy prohibits selling beer before noon on Sundays. In 2001, the city also passed a resolution that prevented any sales of alcoholic beverages between 3 a.m. and noon on Sundays.

The City Commission will vote on a proposal to make the hours for beer sales line up with other alcohol sales. It will also vote on a proposal to allow sales of alcoholic beverages starting at 10 a.m.

The Commission will also vote on an update to the city’s energy code — a set of building codes that regulate energy efficiency. More stringent energy codes make buildings more efficient, but also increase the cost of constructing a home.

Brentwood currently uses an energy conservation code from 2009. The state of Tennessee requires cities to use an energy conservation code that is less than seven years old. A report from the Planning Department says the state is requiring the city to update the code.

The 2018 edition of the International Energy Conservation code was released earlier this year. The Planning Department says it hopes to adopt the 2018 code in early 2019. 

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