2009-01-14 / Front Page

City Hall moving to Blakely Corners

The Blakely City Council voted to suspend the alcoholic beverage license of a local night spot at its Jan. 6 meeting.

The Early County Dept. of Public Safety did a check of clubs on North Church Street where alcoholic beverages are served and found underage people in Club 92. At least one of the minors had been drinking. The club's owner, Willie Charles Cawthon Jr., was cited for allowing minors on the premises and not checking identification for date of birth.

The council discussed revoking the license, which prevents reinstatement of the license for five years or suspending the license and settled on a 12 month suspension.

A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. at the City Annex at which the club owner can dispute the suspension.

The council voted to support a community block development grant proposal to build a new Head Start building. Both the city and county will contribute $10,000 towards the project.

In other business, the council adopted a utility accomodation policy ordinance, a telephone or telegraph compensation ordinance and an election ordinance.

Resolutions for MEAG services and for the addition of Veteran's Day as a holiday in the city's employee handbook were also approved.

The council discussed plans to move City Hall into the old CVS building next door to Harvey's in the Blakely Corners Shopping Center. The move, scheduled for late February, is necessary during the renovation of City Hall.

The council appointed Andy Smith as mayorpro tem and approved meeting dates for the coming year.

An update was given on the renovation of the Blakey Civic Center. Work there is expected to be completed by the end of January.

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