Beer enthusiasts in Macon-Bibb County can now drink a glass at the same place they fill up 32- or 64-ounce growlers, if that establishment has state licenses for both kinds of sales.
Macon-Bibb commissioners voted 7-0 Tuesday night, with Commissioner Mallory Jones absent, to allow by-the-drink sale of beer or wine at growler shops.
Only two places are potentially affected off the bat: the Growler Spot, 3841 Northside Drive, and the soon-to-open Lazy Dog Growler, 44 First St.
Lazy Dog, which already sells by the drink at its Warner Robins location, plans to open on the first floor of the Armory Ballroom in about a month, co-owner Jeff Kressin said.
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Macon-Bibb County E-911 operator Yolande Vicks met the for the first time Tuesday night the woman she helped on July 21, getting a hug from Paris Gunter as Vicks accepted a certificate of thanks from Mayor Robert Reichert.
Gunter’s car flipped over and landed in the woods off Interstate 75 on July 21. It landed too far from the road to be seen by passing traffic, E-911 Director Keith Moffett said. Vicks kept Gunter talking and calm until rescuers arrived, he said.
But Vicks said her action was not unique, and she thanked her co-workers for their assistance.
“This not extraordinary. This is ordinary for dispatch,” Vicks said. “During my call, there were 10 other operators who were making sure that Ms. Paris Gunter was OK.”
Commissioners voted 7-0 to disburse $359,184 from the annual Juvenile Justice Incentive Grant to continue services at Macon-Bibb County Juvenile Court.
Community Solutions will get $250,000, Volunteer Macon will get $56,000, and Marie Martin will get $53,184.
“This is a continuation of what they’ve been doing,” said Julie Moore, assistant county manager for budget and planning.
Commissioner Elaine Lucas said she’d like each recipient to tell commissioners about the programs they provide, and Moore said they each would be asked to do so at an upcoming committee meeting.
TAX COMMISSIONER MOVE
Commissioners approved spending $104,231.04 from bond funds to move the Bibb County Tax Commissioner’s Office to its new home. The office is moving to the former Capital City Bank building at Walnut and Third streets within a few weeks, and the money will be spent to move current furniture and buy some new pieces.
HAYWOOD ROAD RENAMING
A contentious proposal to rename Haywood Road to honor the late Rev. Marshell Stenson Jr. will go back to the commission’s Facilities & Engineering Committee for reconsideration.
The renaming, requested by members of St. Luke Baptist Church, which Stenson pastored for 44 years until his death in December, was approved in May. But some residents of the road protested, and on July 29 several residents said they weren’t told in advance that the renaming was being considered.
Committee Chairman Al Tillman said he and Commissioner Elaine Lucas, the renaming’s sponsor, were working on a compromise.
A long list of allocations to various local agencies, totaling nearly $10 million, was referred to committees for discussion next week.
All those appropriations were part of the fiscal 2015 budget, which commissioners approved in June. But the actual contracts with those agencies have to be ratified individually since they’re each for more than $50,000, Reichert said.
To contact writer Jim Gaines, call 744-4489.