Salbide Avenue to be milled in conjunction with paving
by Celia Shortt
Newnan City Council Tuesday approved an off-agenda item of $20,000 for paving work beside Newnan Presbyterian Church.
Councilman Bob Coggin asked the council to mill Salbide Avenue near the church at the south end of the downtown business district. The street is higher than the curb in some places because it has been re-layered so much. After a heavy rainfall, the water runs under the door and into the church.
“It’s doing a lot of damage inside the church,” said Coggin.
To lower the road so it does not flood the church, it needs to be milled. According to Newnan City Manager Cleatus Phillips, it will cost $20,000 to mill that portion of the street. He is adding it to the city’s existing contract for repaving.
Mayor Keith Brady expressed some slight concern.
“It’s uncommon to approve an off agenda item with money attached,” he said.
The council approved the award unanimously, with the $20,000 coming from the 2007 Special Local Option Sales Tax fund.
In other business, the council did not come to a decision on allowing alcohol to be sold in packaged growlers.
“There are a number of things we need to work on if we are going to establish an ordinance here,” said Newnan City Attorney C. Bradford Sears, Jr. “We’ll need some guidance if we make it match state law exactly.”
A big concern in allowing craft beer to be sold downtown in packaged growlers is the proximity to churches. Other concerns are defining what craft beer is and if this ordinance could lead wine to be sold in them, too.
Discussion on this topic was continued to the first council meeting in August.
Also, council heard a final reading to amend the ordinance on brewpubs, allowing them to produce up to 10,000 barrels of craft beer. Five thousand barrels can be consumed on the premises, and the other 5,000 can be sold to licensed wholesale dealers for distribution. This amendment mirrors recent changes by the state of Georgia.
Other business items Tuesday:
• The council approved a seventh city council member for a single two-year term, as part of their redistricting process. The second and final reading for the council district plan was placed on the next meeting agenda, giving it enough time to go into effect before the general elections in November.
• Resolutions were approved for the general election schedule and fees and for the process of appointing an election superintendent, assistant election superintendent, and absentee ballot clerk.
• Approved was a request for proposal for financing for the Newnan Hospital Redevelopment Project, to create the new UWG Newnan campus. The proposals will be due in August and presented at the Aug. 27 council meeting.
• Council approved Foresite Group’s proposed concept for a second entrance to the Newnan Centre on Lower Fayetteville Road. The meeting facility is adjacent to the Coweta County School System’s Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, and there were concerns regarding traffic with both facilities have functions.
• Council members approved an assigned fund balance reserve established for the LCI Grant they approved on April 9 and declared certain property surplus.
• A public hearing on adopting the amended Newnan Urban Redevelopment Plan was closed with no questions, and the request was approved.
Off-agenda business that occurred:
• The council approved a filming request from Woodbridge Productions Inc. to film in the area of the historic Coweta County Courthouse on Aug. 5-7. They will prep on Aug. 5, film on Aug. 6, and finish on Aug. 7. No streets will need to be closed. • The council accepted with regret Jane Albright’s and John White’s letters of resignation from the Cultural Arts Commission.