15 alcohol licenses approved
by Celia Shortt
Newnan Mayor Keith Brady reminded business owners attending Tuesday evening’s Newnan City Council meeting of the requirements for alcohol licenses as he and the council approved an impressive 15 applications.
“You are required to notify the city within 60 days of a personnel change throughout the year,” he said. “This is extraordinary that we have this many at the end of the year.”
Of the 15 licenses, nine were related to personnel changes. Those locations include: Target, Publix on Lower Fayetteville Road, Publix on Bullsboro Drive, Pizza Hut on Jefferson Street, Red Robin, Olive Garden, Rock Back Pizza, La Parilla Mexican Restaurant and Taco Mac.
One of the licenses was for a new business on East Court Square - Rednexican. With their liquor license being approved, they opened for business the following day, Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Also approved was a pouring license for the planned new location of The Cellar at 20 Jefferson St. Construction has begun at the location, the longtime former Firestone building.
Another was for a special permitted location for the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, Inc. at the McRitchie-Hollis Furnishings Museum at Jackson and Clark streets. The historical society is now allowed to serve alcoholic beverages at special events held there.
Three of the alcohol licenses were for new ownership — Diyasimran Corp. D/B/A Temple 100 (Chirag M. Patel) on Temple Avenue, Shukhad Inc. D/B/A One Stop (Arvindbhai Patel) on Greenville Street and Veracruz De Noche (Lisa Marie Vargas on Spence Avenue.
In other business:
• Sgt. Michael Deeds of the Georgia Army National Guard gave a presentation about the guard, including their mission and capabilities.
• Council approved a resolution to change and cancel scheduled city council meetings for the 2014 calendar year. They added a special called meeting on Jan. 16 at noon to hold a reading for the budget.
• The council moved voting on a change order for the Newnan Hospital Redevelopment project in the amount of $4,847,698 to a January 2014 meeting. The change order includes a wet pipe fire protection system, plumbing system, heating/ventilation/air conditioning system, electrical system, and part of the pro-rated construction management and general conditions. This change is part of the $15 million project budget. The former hospital property is being redeveloped to house the Newnan center of the University of West Georgia.
• Councilmember Cynthia Jenkins nominated Britney Cook to the Livable Centers Initiative Study Team. The council approved the nomination.
• Brady nominated Katie McBride to the city Convention Center Authority. The council approved the nomination.
• Council approved a performance agreement between city and performers for 2014 Charles Wadsworth Concert. They amended the agreement to allow city officials to contact the performers directly about their performances.
• The council continued its discussion on moving the Farmer’s Market from the Depot History Center parking lot to downtown. The issue was continued to the first meeting in January.
• A public hearing was held for a rezoning request for property at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, East Newnan Road, and Turkey Creek Road from Urban Residential Single Family Dwelling District to Suburban Neighborhood Commercial. It was approved by the council with two amendments — included, but not limited to a 25-foot instead of 20-foot buffer between the commercial and residential property. Also, the annexation request in the amendment was withdrawn.
• Public hearings were held for 4 Dewey St. with a resolution to repair or demolish, and 16 Boone Dr. for a repair permit issue/unsafe conditions corrected. Owner of the Dewey Street property was given 90 days to complete the repairs. The repairs at the Boone Drive property were completed.
• The council did not hear a request from Margaret Russo from 495 Productions to film a portion of an MTV show around the square on Dec. 18 and 19, as the request was withdrawn prior to the meeting.
• Approved was a request from First Baptist Church to close Madison Street to through traffic on Feb. 14, 2014, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on March 22, 2014, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. to distribute a large volume of food for the Mobile Pantry from the Atlanta Food Bank.
• The council is proceeding with a request to donate the property at 15 R Pinson Street to the city in exchange for the city demolishing the structure. Before deciding, they are proceeding with an inspection and title examination.