J. Paul's Bar surrenders liquor license
by Celia Shortt
At the Newnan City Council's regular meeting Tuesday City Attorney C. Bradford Sears Jr. announced that J Paul's Bar, located on Jackson Street/U.S. Highway 29, had surrendered its liquor license.
'The alcohol license has been suspended by the licensee,' reported Sears.
Earlier this month, during the regular city council meeting on Oct. 8, J Paul's General Manager Mike Gullatt requested a continuance for the city council hearing because the licensee of the bar, Paul Marmol, was out of the country and would not return for two weeks.
Marmol's attorney had been notified of the hearing and was not present. Marmol is legally allowed to have representation at the meeting, but he did not.
'My concern with the continuance is that they will continue to do the same thing,' said Councilman George Alexander at the Oct. 8 meeting.
At Mayor Keith Brady's suggestion, the council decided to proceed with the hearing, but rather than revoking the license, they voted to suspend it until 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 23, subject to reconsideration of any additional penalty or reinstatement at the Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m. city council meeting.
Because Marmol surrendered the license, J Paul's would be able to get another license at that location if they are a 'qualifying establishment.' They would have to go through the entire application process again and gain the license any time after the first year of being a 'qualifying establishment.'
Also at Tuesday's meeting, the city council approved two items, allowing the University of West Georgia Newnan Hospital Redevelopment Project to proceed. The hospital campus on Jackson Street is being converted into a new Newnan satellite campus of UWG.
The first item approved by council was a change order of $1,815,006 for the project. It includes environmental abatement, demolition, roofing, and pro-rated construction management fees. City Manager Cleatus Phillips was optimistic the work from the change order will start soon.
'We are expecting that work to begin tomorrow (Wednesday) morning,' he said at the meeting.
The cost of this change order has been accounted for in the overall $15,000,000 project budget.
Second, council approved the ordinance authorizing the city of Newnan to enter into an Intergovernmental Contract with the Downtown Development Authority, authorizing execution of a Tax Certificate, and authorizing the terms of the Loan and Security Agreement. This ordinance is needed for the UWG Newnan Hospital Redevelopment Project.
The Newnan Downtown Development Author it y adopted its authorizing resolution for the intergovernmental contract at its called meeting on Monday, Oct. 21.
In other business at Tuesday's council meeting :
• The city council heard a request from Tom Wiley on behalf of the neighborhood on Wesley and College streets to block the streets between Brown and Wesley and College between Temple and Washington from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for safety during Halloween. Wiley brought a petition from people in that area to support his request.
'It's just a safety issue,' he said. 'We have a lot of kids.'
Newnan Mayor Keith Brady asked Newnan Police Chief Buster Meadows if he recommended fulfilling Mr. Wiley's request.
'Yes,' said Meadows. 'I have no problem with it.'
• Approved was a resolution for a grant application, requesting funding through the 2013 STRA GTIP Program for the city of Newnan's proposed McIntosh Parkway Extension.
• A public hearing was held for a rezoning request from Jeff Duncan to rezone 1.034 acres of property located at 370 Millard Farmer Industrial Boulevard from Heavy Industrial to General Commercial, allowing commercial businesses onsite. The council adopted the request as presented.