Council suspends bar's alcohol license in WR

WARNER ROBINS — The City Council unanimously approved a 30-day alcohol license suspension for the Cadillac II lounge following three violations this year of the city’s alcohol ordinances.

The action took place at a pre-council work session Monday.

The violations were for staying open and serving beer after hours and allowing an underage person in the premises. Police said they had issued citations to the lounge’s management Feb. 15, March 15 and May 8.

Allen Lawson of Gray, attorney for lounge owners Cousins Properties of Macon, said the owners had made changes in policies and personnel following the three incidents.

City Clerk Stan Martin said after the council meeting the suspension would probably begin sometime this week.

Should another violation occur, the establishment could have its license revoked, he added.

The Cadillac II suspension is the latest in a series of suspensions and warnings the city has issued this year to places that serve alcohol as it has cracked down on underage drinking and other violations of city alcohol ordinances.

Warner Robins police Lt. Lance Watson said the May 8 violation concerned a 19-year-old who paid $10 to enter Cadillac II and was sold alcohol.

The citation in that case was for allowing an underage person in the lounge, Watson said.

The council did acknowledge the establishment has been making a serious effort to comply with the alcohol ordinance.

In other action, the council held the first reading of a proposed ordinance to raise council members’ salaries and car allowances, and the mayor’s salary.

Under the proposal, council members would get a raise from $5,000 to $6,200 annually, with the annual car allowance being raised from $3,400 to $4,600.

Also under the proposal, Mayor Donald S. Walker’s annual salary would go up 25 percent, from $100,000 to $125,000.

Speaking out against the proposal, resident Bruce Morrissett of Pine Drive urged council members to give the money to the police department or to teachers instead.

At the pre-council meeting, former Houston County Board of Education member James Boswell told council members they were not being good stewards of taxpayers’ money with the proposed raises.

“I know most of you are in business, and if an employee came to you and demanded a 24 percent raise you wouldn’t say ‘No,’ but ‘Hell no,’’’ Boswell said. “This proposal is a slap in the face to taxpayers.”

The second reading of the proposal is scheduled for July 20. If approved, the raises would take effect Jan. 1.

To contact writer Jake Jacobs, call 923-6199, extension 305.