WAYLAND – During the August meeting of the Wayland City Commission on Thursday, Mayor Jerry Fultz named seven individuals to the newly-founded Wayland Tourism Commission Board. Tyann Hansford, Bobby Hamilton, Dale Hamilton, Sharon Anderson, Sandra Turner, Curtis Lee Jr. and Tyler Green were named founding board members.
Ordinance #2016-0-002 was read during the meeting held on July 14 and established a Tourism and Convention Commission for the City of Wayland.
“We have to create an infrastructure for our community to create economic growth and a sustainable community where opportunities are available for citizens to live, work, and support to raise their family,” said Fultz. “We are always looking for ways to create a better quality of life for the citizens of Wayland. Economic development in preparation for growth.
Wayland has established a 3 percent restaurant tax that will support the tourism commission. However, currently, the only restaurant in Wayland is a deli at a convenient mart. Fultz and the city commission are hopeful other citizens will see the need to invest in the community and open more businesses in Wayland.
The commission also established times alcohol cannot be sold within Wayland city limits. Alcohol sales will also be allowed during specific times on Sundays. Alcoholic beverages may not be sold between the hours of 12 a.m. and 8 a.m. Monday-Friday. Alcoholic beverages may not be sold between the hours of 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, the ban on alcohol sales is between the hours of 12 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The second reading of the ordinance was during the meeting held on August 11 and the times were approved. It is unclear the exact day the alcohol ordinance will go into effect. The Wayland City Commission will notify citizens as soon as that information becomes available.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.