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Long County consider changing liquor laws
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November’s Long County Commissioners meeting included a query by businessman Tim Works about selling liquor at his restaurant, The Clubhouse in Rye Patch.
Works asked commissioners for clarification on the county’s ordinance on what type of alcohol could be served. His restaurant already serves beer and wine.
County attorney Jay Swindell said according to Georgia law, all counties are “dry” and not authorized to sell alcoholic beverages initially. If a county decides to allow alcohol sales, it has to pass a local ordinance.
Works then asked, “What do I have to do to get a liquor license for my establishment?”
Commissioners told Swindell to research the process and revisit the commission later.
In other matters, Commissioner Cliff DeLoach said additions to the county’s recreation complex should be completed in time for the upcoming recreation baseball season. Two baseball fields, an office/concession stand, fencing, lights and a scoreboard are being added.
Commissioners also voted to begin the process of hiring a full-time recreation department director. The position will pay $24,000 annually.
Commissioners also approved adding a vault to store documents in the superior court clerk’s office.
The cost of the vault is $60,000, $25,000 of which would be paid from a grant. The vault will match the “characteristics of the existing property” since the Long County Courthouse is listed in the National Historic Registry.
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