BYRON -- City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to make Jail House Alley a one-way street with traffic entering from Main Street and exiting onto Church Street.
The recommendation, which has been discussed by several city committees in past weeks, was brought to the council by Tiffany Peavy, who heads the Byron Convention and Visitors Bureau, Byron Main Street group and downtown development authority.
She told the council the change was needed to prevent problems due to the narrowness of Jail House Alley at Main Street. The alley is the site of Jail House Alley Park, which hosts civic activities, including the citys farmers market.
After debate about which end of the street should be the exit or entry, the council decided the matter and allowed for certain exceptions for semi-trucks that must enter the road from Church Street to tend to local business and the citys recycling center.
Officials said signs would be posted alerting motorists of the coming change but did not set a date for the change.
The council awarded a $194,362 contract to Georgia Asphalt for repaving projects. Public works officials told the council the bulk of repaving will be along White and Walker roads. The contract comes under a unified bargaining agreement where projects are bid by Byron and several other Middle Georgia community and county governments to get a better per-job rate.
Officials said $53,151 of the project will be paid from a state grant with the remainder paid by the city.
In other matters, the council agreed to:
Pay Kens Stereo $11,240 for repairs and enhancements to the Byron Municipal Complexs auditorium and conference room sound systems;
Pay Vinson Trucking and Excavation $8,900 to replace a stormwater drain at the Byron Fire Department;
Grant a 300,000-gallon water credit to Days Inn of Byron due to charges incurred from a faulty meter.
Also Tuesday, the council discussed the legal and insurance implications of allowing alcohol to be served at events in city facilities when rented for private use, such as for wedding receptions and banquets. A decision was tabled to allow further research.
The council also heard a first reading of a new ordinance concerning polices and operation of the citys cemetery. The ordinance, which likely will be adopted in May, is available for review at City Hall.