Pelham council reinstates business licenses for local biz

Published 12:29 pm Thursday, August 23, 2018

PELHAM – The Pelham City Council repealed a resolution that revoked the business license of a local Subway restaurant at its meeting on Monday, Aug. 6.

The council originally approved a resolution revoking the business licenses of Reneau Inc., doing business as Subway, for failure to pay applicable sales and use and liquor taxes to the city. The licenses revocation was repealed after owner Scott Reneau went before the council to apologize for falling behind on his sales taxes and to ask for an opportunity pay the money owed.

“We’re working on getting things caught back up,” Reneau said. “We want to stay in Pelham and we appreciate the city working with us.”

Reneau said he had already paid about half of what he owned and would have the remaining balance paid by Aug. 16.

“I’m pleading with you to let us make this up,” said Reneau, who has been a business owner in the city for 27 years. “When we get there, we’ll be square and we’ll stay square.”

The resolution to repeal the revocation also authorized a six-month payment plan to be arranged if requested by Reneau.

“It does none of us any good to put you out of business, but of course there is the responsibility of the payment of taxes collected,” said Councilman Ron Scott. “We did have an issue at one time and that’s why we put into action the ability to revoke licenses, but by doing that people lose jobs and we lose tax income. I’m glad we had a chance to come back and revisit this.”

Council President Rick Hayes added that the council always wants businesses to be successful and thrive.

In other business, the council:

-Approved an ABC license application for retail beer and retail table wine, both on and off premises, for applicant Birmingham Wine Group LLC, operating under the trade name Pleasure Is All Wine, located at 2152-A Pelham Parkway.

-Tabled a resolution for an ABC license application for retail beer and retail table wine, both on or off premises, for applicant Ooka Sushi Hibachi Restaurant Inc., operating under the trade name Ooka Chinese Japanese Restaurant, located at 2005 Valleydale Road Suite 5-6.

-Approved a resolution declaring certain personal property, four trucks and one trailer, belonging to the city as surplus no longer needed for public or municipal purposes.

-Appointed Tim German to an unexpired term on the Pelham Storm Water Regulations Board.

-Approved a request by AT&T for modifications to an existing telecommunications facility located at 2000 Bearden Road.