Newnan Council to allow sale of package growlers
by Celia Shortt
Newnan City Council Tuesday approved an amendment to its alcohol ordinance, allowing the sale of packaged growlers.
A growler is a 'bottle, container or vessel with a capacity of at least 12 ounces and not exceeding 64 ounces that is designed for and especially intended to be filled with beer from a keg.' With the ordinance amendment, they will only be able to be sold at licensed establishments and retail package dealers who are authorized to sell malt beverages by the package and are located within the central business district of Newnan.
The amendment also states that no license for a package retailer that sells distilled spirits, wine, or malt beverages within 300 feet of any school building, educational building or school grounds, college campus grounds or alcohol treatment center will be granted.
In other business:
• The city council approved a new millage rate of 4.27 for the city. The 2012 millage rate was 4.39.
'It is estimated that a millage rate of 4.37 will have a total tax levy of $4.3 million,' said Newnan City Manager Cleatus Phillips.
• Approved was a request to close Evans Drive to through traffic from June 2014 to July 2015 during the major renovation at Evans Middle School. The old section of the school will be torn down and rebuilt with a new building.
• The city council approved liquor licenses for several area businesses. The liquor license for the Citgo on 445 Hwy 29 North was approved, as they have a new owner.
Shoney's on Bul lsboro Drive applied for a new liquor license, allowing them to sell distilled spirits, malt beverages, and wine. It was approved.
City council approved the liquor license application for Sumo Japanese Restaurant, a new restaurant on Bullsboro Drive.
Red Lobster's liquor license application was approved as they had a personnel change.
• Auditors presented the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) Overview of the year to the council.
• City council heard a second and final reading for the council district plan, giving it enough time to go into effect before the general elections in November.
• A second public hearing to solicit feedback and the council's final approval regarding the proposed amendment to the city's future land use map along the future extension of McIntosh Parkway took place. The proposed amendment was approved.
• T he city council off icially adopted the 2013 Capital Improvements Element (CIE ), including the Short-Term Work Program (STWP).
• Council approved requests from Diann Alford to hold the annual Keesha Vessell Vasculitis Walk on Sept. 21 and from the Business Development for permission to use the downtown sidewalks for the Main Street Newnan Fall Art Walk on the evening of Friday, Sept. 20.
It heard a request from Jimmy Bass for the Coweta County Public Library System and GloAtlanta to present a migratory modern dance, beginning at the downtown square and ending at First Avenue Park on Saturday, Oct. 19. The council determined that more information about what is involved with the event was needed.
• Council heard status reports of repairs on properties including 7 Burdett Place, 7 Upper Mann, and 48 Fair Street, and scheduled a public hearing on Sept. 23 for 4 and 6 Clair Streets, 39 Ray Street and 121 Pinson Street.