Trussville Council Approves Ax Downtown Liquor License, Recognizes Police Promotions

By Hannah Curran, Editor-in-Chief

TRUSSVILLE – The Trussville City Council approved Ax Downtown’s liquor license and also recognized two promotions from the police department at the Thursday, Nov. 17, council meeting.

The Trussville City Council recognized Lt. Chuck Bradford and Sergeant Keith Fuell for their promotions. (Photo by Hannah Curran)

Sandy Argo, co-owner of Ax Downtown, addressed the council, asking for approval of his liquor license. Argo and her husband Heath team up with Jeff and Michelle Lowery to run Ax Downtown.

“We are proud to support Trussville City Schools and Husky Fast Network,” Argo said. “I was born and raised here in Trussville, and we’re all big Trussville supporters. We wanted to open our business here in Trussville to just continue that support.

Argo said the ax targets are unlike any other ax targets you’ll find in the Trussville area.

“We’ve projected targets and different games that you can play, and it’s really interactive and fun,” Argo said. “The reason I am here in front of you tonight is to ask you to approve our liquor license. We went through all the steps with the board of directors of ABC and we gave all these things back.

Argo explained that they didn’t want to open a bar; they only want to supply individual cans of beer and seltzer from a “coke cooler”.

“We have a very family atmosphere right now, and we don’t want to lose that at all,” Argo said.

Ax Downtown will not serve alcohol on Sunday afternoon, as Argo said that is the day anyone under 16 throws free with paying guests.

“We don’t want to change that,” Argo said. “We just want to do something to kind of improve our experience for our customers who want to come in and watch a football game and go out.”

Additionally, Ax Downtown would identify everyone, and only employees age 21 or older can sell alcohol to employees.

In other cases, the board recognized two Trussville police officers for their promotions within the department. Chuck Bradford was promoted to lieutenant and Keith Fuell was promoted to sergeant.

Bradford has 24 years of service, and in those 24 years he served as a dispatcher, patrolman, SRO and sergeant. He will take over as a lieutenant in the Special Operations Division, which includes SRO unit dispatch, commercial services, code enforcement, personnel and building maintenance.

“The great thing about Chuck is that he’s really an asset to me, to the department and to the city because he knows a lot of things really well,” Chief Eric Rush said. . “If I ask him to do something, he will take care of it for me. So it’s someone you want to work for you for sure.

Fuell has 10 years of service and celebrated his 10th birthday on the day of the board meeting. He served as a patrol officer, SRO, field training officer and corporal. Now, as a sergeant, he is assigned as a night patrol shift supervisor.

“He’s out there protecting the city and making sure his guys protect the city at night, so let’s give him a shout out,” Rush said.

Council chair Lisa Bright said the council likes to be able to honor its first responders and its police officers who do “a great job here in Trussville”.

In other news, the board approved the following:

  • Recognition of police promotions;
  • Public hearing regarding the proposed liquor license for Ax Downtown;
  • Resolution to approve the liquor license for Ax Downtown;
  • FIRST READING ONLY – Ordinance to Designate the City’s Entertainment District;
  • Public hearing regarding the proposed amendment to the Longmeadow PUD;
  • Ordinance to Amend the Planned Urban Development District of Longmeadow;
  • Alabama Municipal Revenue Officer Certification Training for Senior Revenue Examiner Ashley Oliver and Assistant Accountant II Donna Newton, March 29-31 in Tuscaloosa. $235 registration fee plus accommodation;
  • Router Interrogation Webinar On-site forensic examinations for Police Detective David Warmus, November 18. $150 registration fee; and
  • Homicide Investigations Conference for Police Detective Brett Deloach, Nov. 14-18 in Gulf Shores. $450 registration fee plus accommodation.

The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the City Hall Annex, located at 113 North Chalkville Road.

Milton S. Rodgers