Politics & Government

WR council holds subdued meeting

WARNER ROBINS -- In a tame meeting Tuesday, City Council swiftly moved through a light agenda that included signing an agreement with Robins Air Force Base and denying an alcohol license appeal.

“Having the pre-council meetings (on Thursday) will help us out,” Mayor Chuck Shaheen said of the smooth 45-minute meeting. Council began holding pre-council meetings on Thursdays, rather than immediately before the regular meeting, this year.

Though more than 300 residents gathered Tuesday afternoon to criticize the state of city government, just one resident commented following the council meeting. Richard Weldon said councilmen should keep their contentions away from the media and asked Councilman Bob Wilbanks to recant his statement that “the pressure of the people doesn’t shake him.”

“What I said is, ‘We don’t make decisions based on intimidation,’” Wilbanks said.

In city business, three Robins Air Force Base representatives described an agreement that will allow the 78th Air Base Wing and the Warner Robins Police Department to work together in case of an emergency at Robins.

The council then voted 5 to 1 to deny the reinstatement of an alcohol license for Ashwimkymar Patel, who intended to open a store at Sixth Street and Watson Boulevard.

Wilbanks said Patel has two prior alcohol sales violations. However, Councilman John Williams, who voted against the denial, said those convictions were three and four years old and were not in Warner Robins.

To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.

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