Lee amends alcohol ordinance

LEESBURG -- Nonprofit organizations hoping to schedule charitable events at which alcohol is served can now legally do so in Lee County.

The Lee County Commission passed amendments to its alcohol ordinance Tuesday night that will allow authorized nonprofits to serve or sell alcohol at as many as six charitable events a year after obtaining a proper permit. The ordinance was also amended to require caterers who don't hold alcohol licenses but who want to serve alcohol at events in the county to apply for a $500 annual license to do so.

"Caterers who are licensed (to serve alcohol) in another county would not have to pay the $500 licensing fee, but they would have to pay a permit fee," Lee County Attorney Jimmy Skipper said.

The amendments to the ordinance came during the county's monthly business meeting, held at the T. Page Tharp Governmental Building.

Commissioners also approved a $56,500 bid on a dump truck that Public Works crews will use partially to complete preparation work on roads that are part of an aggressive $1.8 million roads improvement project that is under way.

"I sent out bid requests to six companies and put our request on the Internet, but we got only one bid," Public Works Director Mike Sistrunk said. "The one bid we got is for a 2006 model with less than 92,000 miles. Our mechanics checked it out, and it is in good shape."

Also at the meeting, the commission held a required public hearing to discuss a $323,000 Community Development Block Grant awarded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development for improvements along Livingston Road in Smithville; approved purchase of a self-contained breathing apparatus/air compressor system for the county's fire department, and appointed Assistant Fire Chief Paul Branch deputy emergency management director.


sue 3 years, 10 months ago

Dougherty County and Albany take note: THIS is what it means to be business friendly! Quick response to a situation or request and finding a way to accommodate reasonable activities. NOT silly sign ordinances and multiple levels of buearocracy.


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