The Craven County Board of Commissioners is expected to hear a request about earlier Sunday alcohol sales during its meeting on Monday morning.

The board is expected to consider a request from Food Lion regarding earlier Sunday alcohol sales. The request came in the form of a letter from Food Lion Director of Operations in Eastern Carolina Rodney Jackson that asks the board to consider earlier hours of sale for unfortified wine, fortified wine and mixed beverages on Sundays at licensed on- and off-premise retailers.

“Such a change would align Craven County with surrounding areas that have adopted earlier Sunday sales for both on- and off-premise permittees as well as support local retailers and residents,” the letter states.

A number of cities and towns across the state have adopted N.C. General Assembly Session Law 2017-87, known as the “Sunday Brunch Bill,” which allows the sales of alcohol at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Currently, alcohol sales are permitted beginning at noon in unincorporated areas of Craven County. New Bern, Morehead City, and Newport each passed ordinances adopting the bill in 2017, while the Havelock Board of Commissioners voted down the measure last month in a 3-2 vote.

Also during the meeting, County Manager Jack Veit is scheduled to present the county’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-19. The county’s general fund budget for the previous fiscal year was $107,574,111.

In other business, Georgia Newkirk of the Craven Aging Planning Board, will present commissioners with recommended funding allocations for the Home and Community Care Block Grant, which funds a number of in-home and community based services to help seniors stay in their homes. Social Services Deputy Director Geoffrey Marett and Adult Services Program Manager Mary Ann Mehan will also be present.

The Board of Commissioner will meet Monday at 8:30 a.m. in the Craven County Commissioners Meeting Room at the Craven County Administration Building, located at 406 Craven St., New Bern.