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Charley B's, Club Xscape keep licenses

ALBANY, Ga. — By virtue of a lack of four votes in support of an amendment not to renew alcohol licenses at Charley B's Sports Bar and Grill and Club Xscape, the Albany City Commission, in effect, renewed both nightclubs' licenses at its business meeting Tuesday night.

Commissioner Bob Langstaff offered resolutions that would have denied license renewal for both establishments — two of five targeted by law enforcement officials for the severity of illegal activity on or near their property — but his motions were supported only by Commissioners Tommie Postell and Jon Howard.

Commissioner Roger Marietta, who spoke on behalf of both clubs keeping their license, and Mayor Dorothy Hubbard voted against Langstaff's resolution proposals, and Commissioner Ivey Hines abstained from voting.

Commissioner Christopher Pike, who did not attend the hearings for either club, had his vote counted as an abstention.

"I want to go on the record as saying that I do not support young people drinking," Hubbard told Club Xscape owner Tim Shelton after the vote. "Let this be a warning: If you come back before us, you could lose your license."

Langstaff offered a similar warning to Charley B's owner Frankie Tillman.

"Let this serve as a wakeup call," Langstaff said. "The sentiment here is that you have got to clean up your act."

Mariettta said he did not feel the city had met the burden of proof in its case against Charley B's, and he said he was impressed enough with Shelton's candor to support his keeping Club Xscape open.

"I'm not impressed with the city's evidence (against Charley B's)," Marietta said.

Hines had suggested that Charley B's be given a one-year probation period rather than have his license non-renewed, but City Attorney Nathan Davis said the city's ordinance did not allow for that option. Tillman pointed out that such a decision had been made in a case involving the AppleJax nightclub.

"They had a double homicide at AppleJax, and they're still open," Tillman said.

When Davis said that probation was not an option for consideration for either Charley B's or Club Xscape, Hubbard pointed out that the commission was not told that when they allowed AppleJax to stay open for a probationary period.

"You were there, Mr. Davis, at that meeting in April of 2011," she said. "Now you're telling us we did something our ordinance does not allow us to do."

The commission will conduct hearings for The Sandtrap Lounge, Legends Lounge and Big Daddy's Club and Lounge next Tuesday.

Comments

KaosinAlbany 1 year, 3 months ago

I actually have to agree with "Wonderbread" on this one. Hines has not impressed me yet and I think he is doing a terrible job representing Ward 2.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 3 months ago

Pike: No show, no pay? I'd like to offer that amendment.

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MRKIA 1 year, 3 months ago

LOOKS LIKE PIKE MIGHT BE IN BED WITH THE CLUBS THIS TIME. SHOOT HIM A FEW STACKS ON THE D/L AND PIKE IS M.I.A. NOT SURPRISING CONSIDERING HIS CURRENT FINANCIAL STATUS. TIME TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT COMMISSIONER PIKE.

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dickyboy 1 year, 3 months ago

He was there Sis... felt his vote shouldn't count cause he missed previous meeting and didn't hear arguments..should be docked from missing previous meeting..

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 3 months ago

Which was actually the right thing for Pike to do. You are right, dickyboy.

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MRKIA 1 year, 2 months ago

AND HE DIDN'T KNOW THIS? THAT IS ONE SORRY-ASSED EXCUSE.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 3 months ago

Nathan Davis is a joke. The city legal staff should dismissed. Call Montlick & Ass. when you have a question. Pay only when the meter is running. Do the same for city, county and school system. We spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on these folks and for what.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 3 months ago

Nathan ran off the BEST attorney in his office.

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waltspecht 1 year, 3 months ago

Convienant way to avoid an issue, isn't it?

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VSU 1 year, 3 months ago

When pike first got elected as commissioner I thougtht he had a good head on his shoulder and would do a good job, but he has turned into a joke. I guess by him not showing up to the meeting is his way of thinking he doesn't support the clubs keeping their license, but at the same time he doesn't want to come out to deny them their license.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 3 months ago

Uh, I heard he was like the way he is before he was elected.

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wtfalbany 1 year, 3 months ago

Can Pike not read? If he misses a meeting, he should read the minutes so that he can be informed of what is going on to make a sound decision that affects his constituents. If he had read the minutes and had questions, he was given the opportunity last night to ask those questions. If I miss a day of work, I still have to go back and read notes and emails so that I can perform my job the next day. Pike should do the same. After all, he is PAID to be there!!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 2 months ago

VSU has it right. Pike intentionally missed the meetings so he could have a flimsy excuse not to vote at all. Kinda like O'bama voting "present" a zillion times as a state rep and U.S. Senator.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 2 months ago

Yep, cause Club Xscape is in his ward.

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wino3800 1 year, 2 months ago

It looks like the bagman made a very sucessful run at his targets. Two "abstains" bought and paid for...Pike is a joke. We need General Olens to look into the corruption of certain members of our city commission.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 2 months ago

Bingo! That was my best educated guess too. Took the words right out of my mouth.

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stc1993 1 year, 2 months ago

I was thinking the same thing. Mr. Mariettta sure talked like he got a little payola.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 2 months ago

If the city is concerned about the illegal activity the only thing they have to do is park a cruiser about a half a block and start stopping people for breath test. The damned places will be out of business in short order or they will clean up their acts. This is much ado about nothing.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 2 months ago

On the other hand may be a couple of the 'lustrious leaders needed to put the touch on a couple of folks for some walking around money.

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MRKIA 1 year, 2 months ago

I'D SAY THAT IT WOULD BE CHEAPER TO PUT AN OFFICER WITH A CRUISER DURING THE EVENING HOURS RATHER THAN RESPOND TO A CALL THAT WOULD REQUIRE SEVERAL UNITS AND PERHAPS A RESCUE UNIT OR MORE. IT COSTS A LOT OF MONEY TO RESPOND IN FORCE TO AN EVENT, MAJOR OR MINOR. ALSO CONSIDER MEDICAL COSTS FOR THESE INDIGENTS, JAIL AND COURT. THE COMMISSION SHOULD LOOK INTO THIS, LET THE BUSINESSES FOOT PART OR ALL OF THE COSTS. CHEAP INSURANCE.

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 2 months ago

Pike is playing the game like any good con man. He makes his moves pulls his con and never gets his hands dirty. This is the kind of "Leadership" his fellow commissioners want and they have proved it by their silent support of Pike. Why should any of them care? They spend money they don't have and con taxpayers with more and more tax increases.

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