ESTO – Esto Town Council is looking to implement updated ordinances to address nuisances, alcohol, and business taxes.

A first reading was held for each proposed ordinance when the council convened in regular session June 20.

The nuisance ordinance empowers council members authorize entry on private premises to remove nuisances, namely eyesores such as trash piles and old appliances. The measure would also allow an account to be kept of costs related with removal, stating the town may seek reimbursement and place a lien on the property for failure to pay.

The alcohol ordinance allows for the sale of alcoholic beverages in town but does not allow for consumption on the premise of any business that sells alcohol. An exemption would apply to establishments that have a full service kitchen and obtain prior approval from the Town Council.

Finally, the business tax ordinance simply governs the operation of businesses within the town. Originally called an Occupational License, a Business Tax Receipt will be needed by anyone operating a business inside the municipal boundaries.

All three ordinances are expected to be adopted after their final reading at the July 3 meeting of Esto Town Council.

A new council member was also appointed to Seat Two during the June 20 meeting. Adam “AJ” Mattox will serve in the position until December when the seat comes due for election.

In other items, council members are expected to review a resolution for the Brownfield designation next month when it is scheduled for its first reading, and the recreational center at John Clark Park will have upgraded lighting to LEDs. The lighting cost will be covered by general funds.

Esto Town Council will meet again in regular session at 7 p.m. July 3.