The Centerville City Council Monday night at City Hall passed the first reading of a ordinance adding a chapter to the municipal code called “Social Host Provisions.”
The council put the ordinance on the fast track to be added to the municipal code by waiving the second and third readings Monday night. The ordinance becomes established law after publication.
The “Social Host” ordinance reads in part: “The purpose of the ordinance is to prohibit the consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under the age of twenty-one (21) and to prohibit gatherings where persons knowingly allow or permit the consumption of underage drinking of alcoholic beverages to occur on property they own or control.”
The ordinance establishes civil infractions for persons who knowingly permit or allow underage drinking of alcoholic beverages to occur. The ordinance sets a $500 civil penalty for a social host’s first offense, a $750 civil penalty for a social host’s second offense and a $1,000 civil penalty for a social host’s third or subsequent offense.
A “social host” in part is defined as “any person, partnership, corporation or association of one or more individuals who aids, allows, entertains, organizes, supervises, controls or permits an event, gathering or party.”
Event, gathering or party is defined as “any group of three (3) or more persons who have assembled or gathered together for a social occasion or other activity.”
The Appanoose County Board of Supervisors approved a “Social Host” ordinance in August of this year.
Centerville Fire Department Capt. Vern Milburn updated the council on the department’s activities for National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12. This year’s theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.”
Milburn said fire department personnel plan to visit local schools to stress fire safety with an emphasis on the kitchen.
“The kids get a lot out of it,” Milburn said. “We try to make it fun. We try to make it interactive.”