Por­terdale votes to ex­tend bar hours

Beer and wine to be sold on Sun­days

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Tyler Smith

The reg­u­la­tions con­cern­ing al­co­holic bev­er­ages in Por­terdale have changed dra­mat­i­cally in the past week as busi­nesses will now have ex­tended time to sell beer and wine by the glass.

Cit­i­zens of Por­terdale voted last Tues­day to pass a res­o­lu­tion that al­lowed for restau­rants to sell beer and wine by the glass on Sun­days.

Dur­ing Mon­day’s Por­terdale City Coun­cil meet­ing, the coun­cil voted three to two to ex­tend the hours a restau­rant can serve al­co­hol on Fri­day and Satur­day evenings to 1:45 a.m. the fol­low­ing morn­ing. Coun­cil Post 3 Perry Bar­nett and Coun­cil Post 5 Kay Piper voted against the or­di­nance.

Pre­vi­ously, beer and wine could only be sold at restau­rants un­til mid­night Mon­day through Satur­day. The mid­night dead­line will stay in ef­fect Mon­day through Thurs­day.

As part of the new or­di­nance, restau­rants must have the al­co­holic bev­er­ages cleared off ta­bles by 2: 15 a. m. Satur­day and Sun­day morn­ings. Busi­nesses are also pro­hib­ited from sell­ing al­co­hol on Thanks­giv­ing or Christ­mas. The new or­di­nance will go into ef­fect five days af­ter pas­sage.

The coun­cil also voted four to one to hold a ref­er­en­dum on Feb. 5 to de­ter­mine if Por­terdale busi­nesses will be al­lowed to sale dis­tilled spir­its by the drink. Piper was the lone dis­in­ter on the vote.

The Por­terdale City Coun­cil meet­ing in­cluded the fol­low­ing.

• Sen­a­tor John Douglas pre­sented Por­terdale Mayor Bobby Hamby with a check for $ 20,000 to go to­wards the re­mod­el­ing of the Por­terdale gym. The money was just a frac­tion of the more than $ 3 mil­lion needed to re­model the build­ing, but Douglas said he would try his best to se­cure an ad­di­tional $ 2 mil­lion dur­ing the next ses­sion of the leg­is­la­ture. Hamby said the coun­cil will most likely use the $ 20,000 to se­cure an ar­chi­tect for the project.

• The Friends of Por­terdale an­nounced they have raised more than $ 6,000 through sales to go to­ward the re­mod­el­ing of the gym.

• The Friends of Por­terdale will also do­nate dugouts for the base­ball field near Crow­ell Road. Coun­cil Post 4 Mike Harper said he be­lieved the dugout should be made of chain link fence in­stead of cin­der blocks to en­sure chil­dren could not hide inside them at night.

• Hamby an­nounced the Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion had again post­poned the in­stal­la­tion of a red light at the in­ter­sec­tion of Crow­ell Road and Ga. High­way 81. Ac­cord­ing to Hamby, the project has been de­layed three times from July 2007 to July 2008 and now to June 2009.

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