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City schedules work meetings on budget, alcohol ordinance
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Statesboro City Council has a work session on the city budget scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday. A work session on an overhaul of the Alcoholic Beverages Ordinance will follow a regular meeting on May 6.

Both working meetings will be open to the public.

Council members referred to Monday’s meeting as the annual “budget retreat,” but they will retreat no further than their usual chambers at City Hall. They will meet there on two consecutive days, because this month’s second regular meeting is still scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Alcoholic beverages

At last week’s regular meeting, council members set May 6 as the date for a work session on an overhaul of the alcoholic beverages ordinance that has been mentioned several times previously. With no exact time of its own announced, the session will immediately follow the regular meeting that starts at 9 a.m. that Tuesday.

City Attorney Alvin Leaphart, who has been working on a complete revision of the ordinance, told the council he will have a draft ready for review.

“I would think that if we’re going to have a new ordinance in effect by the beginning of 2015, it probably needs to be approved by late summer, August,” Leaphart said.

Leaphart was still getting input from City Planning and Development Director Mandi Cody and police Capt. Tom Woodrum but said he should have a draft ready to make public by May.

His discussions with Cody relate to minor changes in the zoning ordinance needed to make it work with the new alcohol ordinance, Leaphart said.

Council at one point discussed waiting until June for the work session, but Councilman Will Britt said the May date would provide time to share the proposed ordinance with interested people before a further meeting, perhaps in late June.

“I have a feeling there’s going to be a lot of ideas to go back and say what we do like or don’t like,” he said.

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