MOULTRIE -- With one section taken out, the Moultrie City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an amendment to the current alcoholic beverages ordinance.

Prior to the motion being brought before the council, Councilwoman Angela Castellow asked a section be removed. That section would have allowed minors to handle and sell alcohol. Members of the council agreed with Castellow's request and voted to keep the current regulations in place. Presently when a customer is buying alcoholic beverages and a minor is tending the cash register, an adult must be called to make the transaction.

The newly amended ordinance will allow residents of other communities to hold alcoholic beverage licenses in Moultrie but would not require them to live in the city limits of Moultrie.

The newly amended ordinance will allow businesses that sell alcohol to advertise which brands of alcohol are sold and the prices for such beverages outside the store or in the store's windows. This would also allow businesses that serve alcohol by the drink to be able to indicate that with outside or window signage.

In other matters, council:

Rezoned some .24 acres at the corner of Lane Street and Park Avenue from a two-family district to a commercial district; rezoned 1.78 acres south of Doc Darbyshire Road and east of U.S. Highway 319 from agriculture use to a commercial district, and the bike trail, running from First Street Northwest to Lower Meigs Road, was zoned for agriculture use;

Approved a recommendation from the Property, Planning and Growth Committee to provide Sanderson Farms with the previously agreed-upon 40,000-gallon per day water capacity and provide an additionally requested 60,000-gallon per day water capacity for a period of two years. The recommendation also provides Sanderson, a large water user, with a reduced water rate up to 10 years;

Provided $2,018.99 in funding to furnish and install an exhaust fan and motion sensor for the Police Department Renovation Project;

Accepted the low bid from Hurst Brothers in Thomasville to install a 40-millimeter thick urethane coat on the roofs of the gymnasium and Maule flight hanger at Spence Field. The costs will be $19,802 for the gymnasium roof and $39,871 for the Maule hangar roof, and;

Approved funding not to exceed $3,000 to share expenses with the Colquitt Hospital Authority for Advanced Environmental Technologies, LLC, for an environmental site assessment and asbestos survey for the former Vereen Memorial Hospital building.

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