MOULTRIE, Ga. — Come March 14, the citizens of Moultrie will be able to carry open containers downtown during the city’s first ever Second Saturday event.

On Tuesday night, the Moultrie City Council approved an ordinance to amend the alcohol beverage ordinance for the City of Moultrie that will allow open containers in downtown for the purposes of Second Saturday and other city sponsored events. City Manager Pete Dillard said this will be a test.

“I can’t promise everything will go right, but it seems to be popular in Thomasville and enough controls that we should be able to handle all the people,” Dillard said at the Jan. 21 work session.

Second Saturdays is patterned on Thomasville’s First Fridays, a downtown event featuring live music along with the sale of beer and wine by participating merchants.

The first Second Saturday event will be a test to see how Moultrie citizens can handle their alcohol. If results are positive, the city may allow open containers outside of Second Saturdays. Should a negative effect appear, open containers may not even be allowed on Second Saturday.

The community’s worries, according to the Jan. 7 work session conversation, was how could the city control people under 21 from participating in drinking.

“They have to have a wristband on and [alcohol] is only in a special cup,” Dillard said. “There’re number controls and each establishment that will be serving in the downtown area would sign a contract with our Main Street office before participating.”

Second Saturday will be funded under the Main Street budget.

The new alcohol ordinance also changes the timing of the collection of excise tax on alcohol. The city will be collecting it quarterly instead of monthly.

The city approved all other items on the agenda which included appointing Cornelius Ponder to the Moultrie-Colquitt County Parks and Recreation Authority, approving the MCCPRA request to use property as collateral and a bid for another new firetruck.

City Council amended the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget in reference to an additional $12,000 asked by the current auditor to finish last year’s audit. In response, the city will be getting a new auditor for this year. The job has already been put out to bid and a new auditor was found.

“Nine months late and a $12,000 overcharge is not the way to win business,” Dillard said.

 

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