City of Hartwell Approves New Alcohol Ordinance

October 17, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia


The City of Hartwell has passed a new alcohol ordinance that some local leaders hope will bring more businesses and revenue to the downtown area.

Under the new ordinance, the city will issue several different types of alcohol licenses depending on the event or business and what type of alcohol would be sold.

One license would allow the sale of beer only, another for wine only and another for liquor by the drink.

Hartwell Downtown Developement Authority Board Chair Gene Fraley said the ordinance is great news for the city.

Part of the ordinance allows the sale of beer and wine at specialty events, such as festivals.

Fraley said this will open up a whole new area for Chamber and DDA-sponsored events.

“We’ve been working on some art festivals that we wanted to bring to the downtown, but in speaking to some pubs and breweries that wanted to come, we couldn’t do it because the city didn’t have a license for that.  The city basically is going to charge us a one-time fee so we can do it four times a year where we have beer and wine, not alcohol, but beer and wine,” he said.

Under the new ordinance, the city will charge $500 for a beer license, $300 for a wine license, and $2,000 for a liquor by the drink license.

Also, civic and non-profit groups will pay and additional $50 event fee.

Fraley said the DDA hopes to put on an Oktoberfest event in the fall of 2014.