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Council approves requests
Alcohol Control Board hears from Carmike Cinemas on ticket pricing
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        The Statesboro City Council approved two annexation requests at their meeting Tuesday night, two weeks after tabling the issue.
        One property, located on Bird Lane near Lanier Drive, was annexed into the city with an R-10 zoning that was requested by the land owners. At their previous meeting, the council had given some indication they would rather bring the property into the city with an R-15 zoning, which would require larger lot sizes for homes built on the site.
        The developers agreed that one portion of the property would be required to be 15,000 square feet, even though it was zoned R-10 at the request of property owners near the rezoned property.
        The 35 acre property rezoning drew some opposition from nearby residents who were concerned about the noise and trash that might be generated from houses they felt would turn into rental property for college students.
        Another resident said the increased traffic in the area would create congestion and a safety issue.
        The council approved the annexation with some requirements, including lot the larger lot sizes for a portion of the property, by a unanimous vote.
        The second property, which was adjacent to the first parcel, was also approved, with a portion of the five-acre lot zoned Planned Unit Development with an R-4 overlay while the other portion was zoned R-10 with the same lot requirements as the first parcel.
        Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the council:
        ‰ approved a $75 Christmas bonus for eligible employees and board members;
        ‰ awarded a two-year contract, contingent upon annual review of service, to Uniforms by Patrick in Savannah for uniforms for the Statesboro Police Department;
        ‰ approved a waiver of both the application fee and per diem fee for temporary venders participating in the downtown Holiday Celebration on December 7 at the request of the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority.

Alcohol Control Board
        At Tuesday’s Alcohol Control Board, Wanda Sinkhule, district manager of Carmike Cinemas, addressed the board regarding rules prohibiting discriminatory cover charges based on age, saying they prevent the movie theater from offering senior and children discounts for their Mugs and Movies theater.
        “It was our understanding that it didn’t apply to us, but apparently it does,” she said. She asked the board to ask the City Council to look into the possibility of exempting the theater from the cover charge rules.
        “Whatever you decide, we will abide by it,” she said.
        Sinkhule said a few customers have complained about the price change.
        Also at the meeting, the Alcohol Control Board tabled a due process hearing for Dos Primos in which they’re charged with distributing advertisements on private property.
        Caleb Hopkins, bar manager for the restaurant, said the flyers weren’t in conjunction with his business, but for a private party and were distributed by people associated with the event.
        The council voted to table the issue until their next meeting to allow Dos Primos to contact the organizer of the event (which was never held) to verify the restaurant’s story.
        Luke Martin can be reached at  (912) 489-9454.
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