ALBANY Albany's signature conservation-based event has received a tentative nod of approval from the Albany City Commission for three one-day alcohol licenses for its Celebrity dinner and fundraiser.
Quail Unlimited has set its event for January 12, 13 and 14. During the day, various celebrities and bigwigs from around the country will come to Albany to hunt quail on plantations throughout Southwest Georgia before enjoying three different dinners at the Civic Center.
Tuesday's vote passed 5-1-1 with Ward I Commissioner Jon Howard voting against — as he does will all alcohol permits — and newly-minted Ward II Commissioner Ivey Hines abstaining for an undisclosed reason.
Like all city commission work-session votes, the items considered during the meeting won't officially be voted on until Tuesday's night meeting.
The commission also approved spending $237,000 in federal stimulus dollars to expand the number of intersections across the city that will be upgraded with new LED traffic signal technology.
The current request piggybacks onto a contract originally adopted by the commission in February. That contract, worth $310,000 in stimulus funds, took care of upgrades to roughly one-third of the intersections throughout the city.
The latest round of upgrades include overhauling traffic signals and pedestrian crossings at 23 Albany intersections.
Additionally, commissioners tentatively voted:
— to declare lots at 606, 609 and 611 West Residence as surplus property.
— to allocated $100,000 in federal HOME funds to be issued to Flint River Habitat for Humanity construction projects.
— to follow HUD's recommendation and create a Section 3 program to help small businesses gain access to government contracts through the creation of a 10 percent preference.
— to extend the moratorium on any new business licenses for Internet Cafes for 120 days.
— to establish an indefinite moratorium on any new business licenses for event centers.
— to approve a beer and wine license for the Target Store at 2721 Dawson Road.
— approved a certificate of appropriateness for the new doors and windows at the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and a new roof at the Suntrust Bank Building at 400 W. Broad Avenue.
— approved awarding a one-year, $60,000 contract for labor help for public events at the Civic Center and Municipal Auditorium to Shaga Consulting and Recruiting of Albany.
— approved awarding a $94,000 contract to JVS Associates of Albany to construct a new office and perform miscellaneous repairs to the city's transit facility at 712 Flint Avenue.
— approved awarding a $401,315 contract to CA Brown Construction Company of Albany to perform exterior work on the Microbusiness Enterprise Center.