WARNER ROBINS -- A group of Warner Robins business owners can thank one of the three new City Council members for saving them $500.
At its first council meeting of the year Tuesday, and the first meeting for new members Carolyn Robbins, Mike Brashear and Mike Davis, the council passed an amended alcohol sales ordinance.
The change came at Robbins’ suggestion and will save liquor store owners $500 annually on their license if they choose not to open on Sunday.
That’s because after voters approved Sunday alcohol sales in November, the council changed the annual fee from $4,500 to $5,000 due to the extra day of sales.
What the council didn’t anticipate, however, is that liquor store owners in the city actually didn’t want to open on Sunday. Robbins said the store owners had a meeting and mutually agreed not to open on what had been their only day off.
Therefore, she said, it wasn’t fair to charge the owners $500 more when they weren’t opening.
The amendment puts the fee back at $4,500, and if a liquor store owner wants to sell on Sunday, they will can do so by paying the extra $500. The other council members agreed, and the amendment passed unanimously.
“I think this is much more fair,” said Councilman Paul Shealy.
Also at the meeting, council approved spending $30,000 toward construction of a pedestal for an F-15 that will be placed along I-75 where a missile used to be. Jim Balletto, who is spearheading the project for the city, said a total of $80,000 will be needed. He is hoping to get the remaining funds from a donation from Boeing, the builder of the F-15, and from the state Department of Transportation.
The F-15 was donated by the 116th Air Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base, which used to fly F-15s when the unit was based in Atlanta. The Museum of Aviation has restored the aircraft, which the 116th brought with it when it moved here. Designs have also been done, and construction can begin as soon as the money is acquired.
Also, the council voted unanimously to reappoint Jim Elliott as city attorney and to make Councilman Mike Daley mayor pro tem.
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