Commission tweaks alcohol ordinance for stores

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Coweta County has tweaked its alcohol license requirements to take into account some current economic conditions.

On Tuesday, the Coweta County Board of Commissioners voted to amend the ordinance relating to 'prohibited distances' for package alcohol sales.

Before Tuesday's change, a location was considered to be grandfathered in, for purposes of the prohibited distances, if no more than a year had passed without a valid package alcohol license. The amendment expands that time frame to five years - but only in regards to distances from homes, not distances from churches, parks or schools.

The required distance from a home is 150 feet. It's 100 yards from churches and 200 yards from parks and schools.

According to the resolution, 'due to residential development, there are commercial establishments in the county where in the past the owner held a valid alcohol license for the sale of package beer and wine, but the location no longer qualifies for a license due to nearby residential growth.'

County Administrator Michael Fouts was asked if the change was being made for a particular business. It's not, he said. However, 'we have had some ask' about the issue.

The main reason is because of the economy, and the possibility that some stores could be closed for more than one year.

In other meeting business:

• The commissioners approved a variance to allow a manufactured home to be used as a residence at 263 Bruce Jackson Road while the house, which was destroyed by fire, is rebuilt.

• The board approved a veterinary services agreement for Coweta County Animal Control. Under the agreement, spay and neuter surgeries will be performed at animal control instead of off site.

The agreement covers spay and neuter surgeries and assessments. The payment to Dr. Christy Stoffle will be $500 a day, for two days a week. A vet tech will be paid $50 a day.

The surgeries are made possible by the new surgical suite at animal control. It's located in the new intake facility funded by Coweta County and the Holland M. Ware Foundation. The suite was made possible by an anonymous donation and county funding. Animal control is on Selt Road, off Hospital Road west of downtown Newnan. 'I'd like to thank Dr. Christy and all staff' at animal control, sa id Commissioner Paul Poole. 'I'd also like to thank the anonymous donor,' sa id Chairman Bob Blackburn.

• The board approved intergovernmental agreements with the Coweta County Board of Education, city of Senoia and town of Haralson for installation of outdoor warning sirens.

• The board approved the contract with Three Rivers Regional Commission and the Southern Crescent Area Agency on Aging for the senior meals program at the Tommy Thompson Senior Center.

The program includes lunch five days a week for eligible seniors at the senior center and some home-delivered meals. The program is funded by federal, state and local dollars. Coweta County's match for the federal money is $11,348. The remaining cost of $105,000 is also paid by the county. Federal funding is $119,607 and state funding is $6,387.

• The board approved an automatic aid agreement with the city of Palmetto for fire protection.

• Approved was an access and hold harmless agreement with Magna Seating of America, part of the ongoing testing and remediation of the contaminated former Douglas & Lomason site on Temple Avenue. The testing company will be drilling monitoring wells at the Coweta school bus garage property.

• The board executed a resolution renewing the wire line, wireless, VoIP and prepaid phone fees for the E-911 system.

• Approved was the temporary closure of Kennon Street on or about July 26 for replacement of a cross drain.

• The commissioners appointed Alan Starr to a seat on the Coweta County Airport Authority and thanked outgoing member Frank Wilkinson for his service.

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