Moultrie Observer

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July 4, 2012

City OKs special use permit for furniture store

MOULTRIE — The building at 921 Fourth Ave. N.E. held a bar and grill for a short time, but since the closing of Soft Tails a new occupant wants to return it to its prior use: a place to sell used furniture.

Charles Barnwell said he’s currently running the business on Saturdays by using yard sale permits from the city, but on Tuesday the Moultrie City Council approved a special use permit that will allow him to operate it more like a store.

Barnwell said he expects to have the store open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays starting in about two weeks.

He said the building, owned by Wayne Taylor, was used for that purpose by a previous occupant.

The special use permit was required so Barnwell could operate a commercial business in an industrial zone.

In other action Tuesday, council:

• Continued to table an alcoholic beverage license request for La Cabana Familiar Mexican Restaurant, 320 Talmadge Drive.

• Amended the Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance to add requirements for wine applicants.

• Approved an appropriations resolution that changes the way the city pays employees for unused sick leave. At one time, City Manager Mike Scott said, city employees were paid at the end of the year for unused sick leave beyond a certain number of days. That rule was changed several years ago so that employees received that money at the time of their retirement instead of at the end of each year. Tuesday’s action changed it back to the way it was previously, Scott said.

“It was a long time to wait for it for employees, and it was a ballooning liability for the city,” he said.

• Set the Aug. 7 city council meeting for 5 p.m. instead of 6. That evening is National Night Out, which will be held 6-8 p.m. at the Jim Buck Goff Recreation Complex. The city council meeting was changed so councilmen could attend the annual anti-crime event, for which the city is a primary local sponsor.

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