City’s Kimbro Center, Lakehouse to allow alcohol

Posted 11/5/19

Hoping to attract more weddings, tourism and other social events, the city of Madisonville will now allow alcohol consumption at the Truman Kimbro Convention Center and the Lakehouse at Lake Madison.

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City’s Kimbro Center, Lakehouse to allow alcohol

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Hoping to attract more weddings, tourism and other social events, the city of Madisonville will now allow alcohol consumption at the Truman Kimbro Convention Center and the Lakehouse at Lake Madison.

With a few restrictions.

The Madisonville City Council finalized the decision to allow adult beverages Sept. 9 after workshops on the matter over the summer. The new policy allows for alcohol consumption, but not sales.

Also, events require the presence of a Madisonville police officer, who must be paid up front.

“I make arrangements for the officer, renters are required to pay the officer at the beginning of the event,” said Laura Lawrenz, director of marketing and tourism for the city.

Event goers also won’t be allowed to leave the premises with drink in hand.

“You still can’t serve or have open containers around the square but if someone wanted to serve champagne at a wedding or 80th birthday party in the Kimbro or Lakehouse, they now can do so,” said City Manager Camilla Viator. “We have rules in place such as police officers on site, etc to make sure that our residents and visitors stay safe should they wish to serve alcohol.”

The city hopes to more competitive with private venues in regard to attracting weddings and other social events with the new policy.

The city had previously disallowed the presence of alcoholic beverages on any city property. The change for the Kimbro Center and Lakehouse doesn’t impact any other city ordinances controlling the consumption of alcohol, Viator said.

“There is an ordinance in place that alcohol can’t be sold within 300 feet of a church,” she said.

Nor will it supersede state law. According to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, public consumption of alcohol is limited to 7 a.m. to 2:15 a.m. on Monday through Saturday and noon to 2:15 a.m. on Sunday. Public consumption is allowed between 10 a.m. and noon on Sunday if sold with the service of food to a customer or at a winery, fair, festival, concert or sports venue.

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