Fannin County Water Authority looks to expand services

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The Fannin County Water Authority (FCWA) discussed expansion of their utility services to include the Lake Cove development area. This topic was thoroughly evaluated by board members and consultants at the regular monthly meeting of FCWA held on Aug. 15.

Kurt McCord, Project Engineer with Carter and Sloope, Inc., ran initial fire flow testing for this project on July 27. It was determined from these tests that there is currently enough water pressure on existing lines to adequately supply water in the event of an emergency.

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FCWA looks to expand service areas and plans for possible future demand.

“When you look at size and lines, you look at two things,” McCord said explaining his findings and offering recommendations to the board. “You look at one, just normal domestic use, and then you look at fire flow.”

McCord explained that in an area such as Lake Cove and Rocky Point that there is not enough development to base the size of the pipes on domestic use, and that the FCWA must look to fire flow to determine the appropriate specifications to move forward.

While the expansion to the Lake Cove area could take place in the foreseeable future, McCord pointed out that now would be the time to go ahead and plan for the possibility of expansion to the Rocky Point area as well.

To be able to expand to Rocky Point, the board would need to plan on installing an 8 inch pipe, rather than the 6 inch pipe needed to just supply Lake Cove. By going ahead with larger capacity piping the FCWA would only have to pay a difference in material costs.

McCord said by being preemptive in this matter, it would cut future costs and added, “If there was more development, these lines would be able to handle that.”

Showing concern of residents following through with water hookup and services, Board Member Angie Arp questioned the limited security a signed letter of intent and inquired about recieving a upfront deposit.

After a brief discussion and careful thought, the board decided that residents wishing to have county water lines run to their area would need to sign a letter of intent and pay a $125.00 fee. This one time fee is per lot where a tap will be placed.

The fee, however, will be deducted from the overall cost to the consumer for water hookup once construction is completed.

The board agreed that there needs be at least 20 residents express interest in the Lake Cove area before the project begins. Estimates for the total number of customers this line will accommodate currently exceeds the minimum requirement of 20.

“This is the kind of project SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) was designed for,” FCWA Chairwoman Anita Weaver stated.

FCWA voted unanimously to move forward with finding the level of interest in the area for this extended line. Surveying and permitting will be the first phase of the project and could take approximately 6 months to complete.

Once surveying and permitting is done, construction can begin.

 

 

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News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
August 2018
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Operation Appreciation 2018
September 7 will kick off Operation Appreciation when Chamber Board Members, Ambassadors, Leads Group Members and Staff will visit every Chamber member with a local business address to deliver new publications, a window decal and a gift to show our appreciation. If you are interested in volunteering for delivery, please contact Kim Foster at (706) 632-5680 or kimfoster@tds.net. Lots of fun and prizes too!
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Fall Decorating Contest
The Chamber’s 4th Annual Fall  Decorating Contest will take place in October for Blue Ridge, McCaysville and Copperhill Chamber members. Participants will compete for great prizes; 1/2 page page ad in Information Please, FREE one-year Chamber membership, and tickets to the annual banquet. Be on the lookout for the entry form in September’s newsletter and your Operation Appreciation bag!
 
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Fall Golf Tournament

The Chamber’s 26th Annual Golf Tournament will take place onOctober 8 at Butternut Creek Golf Course. Registration information and hole sponsorship opportunities coming soon!

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Mountain View Orchard & Cider House Cafe
When it comes to Marc and Stephanie Cots, growing a business and living in a small town is what they know and love. The story starts over ten years ago when Marc visited the area with his motorcycle friends and fell in love with the mountains of Georgia and Tennessee. After meeting Stephanie and bringing her to the mountains, the couple pictured a life for themselves in the small town of McCaysville — as owners of The Cider House and Mountain View Orchard.

Marc and Stephanie want to raise their family in a small town, and they have a vision — making The Cider House and Mountain View Orchard the best kept secret in the mountains. Leaving the hustle and bustle of south Florida behind, they relocated to the peaceful mountainside orchard, where they are gradually making improvements and updates to the Cider House Cafe and Mountain View Orchard, owned by Joe and Mary Jo Dickey for over 50 years.  Visit them soon at the Cider House!

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Cintas Corporation
(678) 602-0465
Bryon Iwane
Cintas leads the industry in supplying corporate identity uniform programs, providing entrance and logo mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services, and industrial carpet and tile cleaning. They operate more than 400 facilities in North America-including six manufacturing plants and eight distribution centers.
Dreamview Cabin
(954) 681-3950
Doug Boyer
Dreamview Cabin is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath cabin that can accommodate up to 8 guests. Located on 2 very private acres in the highly sought after and beautiful Cashes Valley area Dreamview is perfect for those who desire to escape the crowds. For all the outdoor enthusiasts out there, the cabin is very close to many different and exciting outdoor activities such as hiking, rafting, ziplining and more!
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Union County Schools Fine Art Center
Amanda Lawrence
Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to providing meaningful opportunities for an under-served audience to engage with the voices of Appalachia and develop a cultural intelligence. They put on the Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival each April.
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Heavenly Hollow
(239) 465-8099
Kiley Bergin
Heavenly Hollow- Escape To The Perfect Mountain Getaway!! Secluded/ Pet friendly Private cabin that sits on almost 3 acres, with access to small community lake. Open floor plan with 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom. Mountain views from every room.
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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
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Erik Broeren
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee. Faithfully grounded in Scripture and the Book of Common Prayer 1979, St. Mark’s welcomes everyone to join them, for a day or for a season. Just a short drive from downtown Blue Ridge, St. Mark’s offers a festive Eucharist (Rite II) every Sunday morning at 10:30. Also, join them for weekday activities including Christian Formation, Outreach, and Fellowship.
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Storehouse Ministries Thrift Store
(706) 669-2233
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Storehouse Ministries Thrift Store is a completely volunteer, non-profit Thrift Store meeting the needs of those in the community through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They generally have available for purchase clothing, household items, electronics, and toys.
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Big Creek Alpaca Farms

Fannin Brewing
Reid Ridge Lodge
Southern Charm

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August 4 – Maria Howell and Noell Freidline Jazz, Blue Ridge Community Theater
August 11 – “Maters and Music” Festival, Reece Heritage Farm
August 16 – September 2 – Broadway Comedy, Catch Me If You Can, Blue Ridge Community Theater
August 17 – Kiwanis RODEO,  Kiwanis Fairgrounds
August 18 – Denim & Diamonds, Willow Creek Falls & Vineyards
August 18-19 – Mountain Sunshine Arts & Crafts, North Georgia Technical College
August 24 – Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins, Dairy Queen
August 25 – Tri-State model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
August 24-26 – Ocoee River Championships, Ocoee Whitewater Center
August 25 – Hard Cider & Beer Festival, Mercier Orchards
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Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Wednesday
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Pickin’ in the Park
Friday
*Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.
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11:00 a.m.
August 15 – Ribbon Cutting for Blue Ridge Barber Shop, 40 East Main St., Blue Ridge
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August 16 – Ribbon Cutting for The Cider House, 2984 Mobile Rd., McCaysville
11:00 a.m.
August 21 – Business After Hours, Cucina Rustica, 76 Forge Mill Crossing, Morganton
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
August 23 – Ambassador Lunch at Pete’s Place, 2460 East First St., Blue Ridge
12:00 p.m.
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America’s Home Place
Anne Merkel, PhD.,ND, CNHP, Autoimmune Specialist-Energy Therapist
Big Creek Alpaca Farms
Big Jim’s Floors
Bill Holt Chevrolet
Blue Ridge Adventure Park
Blue Ridge Business & Professional Association
Blue Ridge Cabin Cleaning
Blue Ridge Law
Blue Ridge Mountain Cabins
Blue Ridge Realty
Blue Ridge Yamaha & Polaris
Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa
Budget Blinds
Capt’n Joe’s Lake Adventures
Chateau Meichtry
Checkers
Cherry Log Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

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Clark & Clark, Attorneys at Law
Cohutta Cove Mini Golf & Gem Mining
Cool River Tubing
Downtown Market Blue Ridge

Ducktown Basin Museum

Fannin County Department of Family and Children Services
Fannin County Family Connection
Fannin County Heritage Foundation
Fannin County Public Library
Fannin Regional Hospital
Fly Fish Blue Ridge
Folger Gas-Blue Ridge
Fox Mountain Camp & Artist Retreat

High Country Picture Framing

Home Depot #1771
Howard Jabaley Taxi Service
Jabaley Eye Care
Jumping Mouse Beads
Kismet Rubber Products Corp.
Lake Blue Ridge Civic Association (LBRCA)
Lake Blue Ridge Marina
Larry Foster Backhoe, Dozier and Trackhoe Service
McCaysville Drug & Gun
Mercier Orchards
Mountain River Cabins
Mountain Top Cabin Rentals
New Blue Home & Gift
Ocoee Rafting
One Main Financial
Personal Systems Services
Pete’s Place Restaurant
Premier CPA Services, PC
PruittHealth Blue Ridge
Reel Angling Adventures, A Division of Toccoa Bend Images
River Dwelling
Riverview Beanery Katz’s New York Deli & Coffee
Scooters and More Factory Outlet
Scott & Marilyn MacNeill
Sequoyah Water
Southern Charm
Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals
Spa & Deck Creations

TDS-Telecom

The Club at Bear Claw Vineyards
The Copper Grill
The Mail Box Company
The News Observer
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Tom’s Amusement Company
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July  31, 2018
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July 28 – August 25 – 3D Off the Wall Exhibit, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
August 4 – Maria Howell and Noell Freidline Jazz, Blue Ridge Community Theater
August 10 – Travis Bowlin Live, Blue Ridge Brewery
August 11 – Matt Foster Live, Blue Ridge Brewery
 
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Wednesday
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Pickin’ in the Park
Friday
*Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.
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July 31 – Golf Committee Meeting at La Pizzeria, 76 Forge Mill Rd., Morganton
12:00 p.m.
July 31 – Business After Hours at Mercier Orchards Downtown, 260 West Main St.
 5:30 to 7 p.m.
August 1 – Lunch N Leads at Blue Jeans Pizza
12:00 p.m.
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July  24, 2018
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PRIMARY RUN-OFF ELECTION IS TODAY
Two local primary run-offs will appear on the Republican primary ballot on July 24. Incumbent Larry Joe Sosebee faces Glenn Patterson for Fannin County Commissioner.  Steve Stanley will run against Mike Cole in the school board race. Other races in the Republican primary run-off include Casey Cagle vs Brian Kemp for Governor; Geoff Duncan vs David Shafer for Lieutenant Governor; and David Belle Isle vs Brad Raffensperger for Secretary of State. The Democratic Party run-off includes Sid Chapman vs Otha E. Thornton, Jr., for State School Superintendent.

Community & Local Events Calendar
July 12-29 – The Savannah Sipping Society, Blue Ridge Community Theater
July 20-28 – Georgia Mountain Fair, Georgia Mountain Fairground
July 27 – Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins, Dairy Queen
July 28 – 3D Off the Wall Exhibit, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
July 28 – Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Depot
July 28  – Contemporary Southern & Folk Art Exhibit Opening Reception, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
July 28 – Family Fun Day, Mercier Orchards
 
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Wednesday
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Pickin’ in the Park
Friday
*Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.
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July 24 – Ribbon Cutting for Mountain Valley Community Bank, 111 Collins Ave.
10:00 a.m.
July 25 – Ribbon Cutting for Black Dog Mountain Rentals, 434 Martin Crossing, Cherry Log
2:00 p.m.
July 26 – Ambassador Lunch at Alpine Deli, 204 West Main St.
12:00 p.m.
July 31 – Golf Committee Meeting at La Pizzeria, 76 Forge Mill Rd., Morganton
12:00 p.m.
July 31 – Business After Hours at Mercier Orchards Downtown, 260 West Main St.
 5:30 to 7 p.m.
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Glow River Float
Ecyclers USA
Hawaiian Luau

Kemp defeats Cagle for Republican nomination

Election, Election 2018

Blue Ridge, Ga. – After a heated runoff race, the results are in and Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp has beat out opponent Lt. Governor Casey Cagle for the Republican nomination.

What was polled as a tight race between the two candidates ended up being what some would consider a landslide victory for Kemp. Kemp received 69.46 percent of the vote statewide with Cagle pulling in 30.54 percent.

Kemp will now face the Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams for the seat of Georgia Governor.

Abrams and Kemp are not strangers, as they have gone head to head over election issues while Kemp has served as Secretary of State.

“All of these liberal groups that are going to be in play in Georgia supporting her (Abrams), I’ve fought,” Kemp said about his past experiences with Abrams.

Citing that he has already faced George Soros, Eric Holder, Thomas Perez, Common Cause Georgia and New Georgia Project, Kemp is confident that he can beat them again.

Kemp explained where some of these groups came into conflict with the Secretary of State office, “They sued us and several counties saying that we weren’t registering voters, 10 different counts. Then they wanted us to settle. I wouldn’t do it. I made them go to court and we won all 10 cases.”

“I know what’s coming,” Kemp said about his preparation for proceeding in the gubernatorial race. “I know how to fight.”

David Ralston shares his opinion on the 2018 Election

Election 2018

Blue Ridge, Ga. – Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives David Ralston spoke to Fannin County residents at the monthly Republican Party meeting. Ralston gave citizens an update on happenings at the Georgia capital and didn’t shy away from sharing his opinion of the upcoming Republican runoff and the Nov. General Election.

“Ain’t nobody going to know who I voted for,” Ralston said expanding on his opinion over recent endorsements of the two Georgia gubernatorial Republican candidates, “because I want to help bring about…we’re going to need some healing as a party.”

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Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives David Ralston updated residents of Fannin County about happenings in the state capital.

Ralston spoke of the the tough campaign that many in his party have faced and are still facing. He spoke specifically of the gubernatorial race between Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp: “It’s been kind of…actually kind of nasty.”

Georgia Republicans have a good message according to Ralston and need to refocus on getting out and sharing that message. He would like to see his party “stand together and stand united”.

“It is well funded. It is organized. It is energized. It is unified,” Ralston said of the Democratic Party that is being faced this year, adding, “It’s also more liberal than it was when it was in power last time.”

With redistricting expected to come after 2020, Ralston stressed the importance of coming together as a party in all upcoming elections.

Ralston spoke of his recent trip to Washington D.C. where he was invited to take part in President Donald J. Trump’s Infrastructure Advisory Council. The small group of state representatives spent time talking about issues in their state and met with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson.

“This is a welcome relief that we now have an administration that really does want to hear from us,” Ralston said of his time in our nation’s capital, “and that believes that power comes from the bottom up. Rather than from the top down.”

As far as the work of the last General Assembly in Georgia, Ralston said, “I think that we have had a great session. It is one that I am very, very proud of.”

Among the accomplishments listed by Ralston, the general session achieved fully funding the QBE (Quality Basic Education) which will bring an additional $273,000 to Fannin County Public Schools. The Fannin County School System will also receive $44,000 to put towards added security of school campuses.

Taxes were cut from 6 percent to 5.75 percent with a trigger to drop to 5.5 percent in 2019. Ralston stated that this was the first time income taxes were cut since its institution in Georgia.

“We managed to do that while keeping our budget balanced and maintaining a AAA bond rating,” Ralston added of the recent financial amendments in the state.

Fannin County will also soon see a stand alone campus for the University of North Georgia (UNG). This comes with the state pledging $5.5 million for its construction.

Ralston notes this as a “game changer” for Fannin County. According to Ralston not only will this strengthen ties with UNG in our area but also provide educational opportunities including dual enrollment for local high school students.

Finally Ralston spoke of legislation passed that will allow for “micro hospitals”. These small-scale hospitals will offer acute-care and emergency services as well as short term inpatient care. Facilities such as these typically only house 8 – 15 beds and because of lower overhead are less expensive to operate.

“The first such facility in the state is located just down the road in Ellijay,” Ralston spoke of Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Outpatient Center.
“I have to say, to receive 75 percent of the vote in the district was humbling and beyond our expectations,” Ralston acknowledged his own campaign and the outcome of the May Republican Primary. “It is a real honor to represent this county in the House of Representatives. More than that though I am blessed to call this place home.”

 

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July  17, 2018
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TAKE THE SURVEY!
COPPER BASIN WEBSITE & SURVEY ARE ONLINE
Even if you missed out on the chance to express your vision of the future of McCaysville, Copperhill and Ducktown in person, you can still be a part of the process by completing the survey at the new website:
Surveys will be collected through the end of July.
Planners from the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government are here this week to conduct interviews and focus groups for the Renaissance Master Plan. There is limited space in the groups on Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of McCaysville if you would like to attend.
PRIMARY RUN-OFF ELECTION IS JULY 24;
EARLY VOTING STARTS JULY 2
Two local primary run-offs will appear on the Republican primary ballot on July 24. Incumbent Larry Joe Sosebee faces Glenn Patterson for Fannin County Commissioner.  Steve Stanley will run against Mike Cole in the school board race. Other races in the Republican primary run-off include Casey Cagle vs Brian Kemp for Governor; Geoff Duncan vs David Shafer for Lieutenant Governor; and David Belle Isle vs Brad Raffensperger for Secretary of State. The Democratic Party run-off includes Sid Chapman vs Otha E. Thornton, Jr., for State School Superintendent.

Community & Local Events Calendar
July 12-29 – The Savannah Sipping Society, Blue Ridge Community Theater
July 20-28 – Georgia Mountain Fair, Georgia Mountain Fairground
July 21-22 – Butternut Creek Festival, Meeks Park
July 27 – Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins, Dairy Queen
July 28 – 3D Off the Wall Exhibit, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
July 28 – Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Depot
July 28  – Contemporary Southern & Folk Art Exhibit Opening Reception, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
July 28 – Family Fun Day, Mercier Orchards
 
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Wednesday
*Visitor Time, 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Tri-State Model Railroaders, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
Thursday

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
* Pickin’ in the Park
* Brewery Tours & Tastings:
Thursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing Company and Grumpy Old Men.
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July 17 – Business After Hours at TREO, 588 East Main St.
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
July 18 – Chamber Board Meeting at noon, Chamber Board Room
July 17 & 18 – Focus Groups and Interviews for Copper Basin Renaissance.
July 24 – Primary Run-off Election Don’t forget to vote!
July 24 – Ribbon Cutting for Mountain Valley Community Bank, 111 Collins Ave.
10:00 a.m.
July 25 – Ribbon Cutting for Black Dog Mountain Rentals, 434 Martin Crossing, Cherry Log
2:00 p.m.
July 26 – Ambassador Lunch at Alpine Deli, 204 West Main St.
12:00 p.m.
July 31 – Golf Committee Meeting at La Pizzeria, 76 Forge Mill Rd., Morganton
12:00 p.m.
July 31 – Business After Hours at Mercier Orchards Downtown, 260 West Main St.
 5:30 to 7 p.m.
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Changes to City of Blue Ridge alcohol ordinance

Community, News

Blue Ridge, Ga. – Alcohol sales could be allowed until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays in the City of Blue Ridge, and area establishments could begin to offer drink specials.

These are just a few of the changes seen to the Blue Ridge City Alcohol Ordinance, which had its first reading at the July 10 Blue Ridge City Council meeting.

After months of discussion and special committee findings and recommendations several changes have been introduced into the amended ordinance.
Beyond the later time for alcohol sales on Fridays and Saturdays, new holidays have been added to the list for late night transactions. Previously, New Years Eve was the only noted day for an exemption to the 11:30 p.m. rule, but if passed, patrons can also enjoy a later drink on Labor Day, Memorial Day, and July 4.

An updated conflict of interest section now allows for city officials to own establishments that participate in alcohol sales. These officials, however, will have to abstain from voting on any matter that directly affects their business holdings.

Also new to the amended ordinance will be the ability for establishments to offer “reasonable drink specials” with specific guidelines that must be adhered to in order to offer these specials.

The Blue Ridge City Council is expected to hold the second reading of the amended alcohol ordinance at their Aug. 14 regularly scheduled meeting.

Below is the amendments to the alcohol ordinance as read at the July 10 meeting:

 

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND REPEAL CERTAIN PORTIONS OF THE CITY OF BLUE RIDGE, GEORGIA REGULATION OF ALCOHOL ORDINANCES RELATING TO CONFIRMATION OF RATIO COMPLIANCE; TO THE EXPIRATION DATE OF EMPLOYEE PERMITS; TO OWNERSHIP AND CONFLICT OF INTERESTS BY COUNCIL MEMBERS AND OTHER OFFICERS; TO CHANGE THE FEE CHARGED FOR SPECIAL TEMPORARY LICENSES; TO MAKE CERTAIN CHANGES TO HOURS OF OPERATION; TO UPDATE ARTICLE VII DEALING WITH BONA FIDE NON-PROFIT CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS SO AS TO ALLOW FOR IDENTICAL RESTRICTIONS ON SUNDAY SALES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Blue Ridge, Georgia, has previously adopted ordinance number 4.12.11 (as amended) as an alcoholic beverage ordinance for the purposes of regulating of the sale of alcoholic beverages including, but not limited to, related fees and taxes (collectively “Alcohol Ordinance”); and

WHEREAS, City Council of the City of Blue Ridge, Georgia, finds that the certain changes set forth herein will be not be detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Blue Ridge, Georgia and will actually be the economic benefit of the City of Blue Ridge, Georgia, and its citizens,; and

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Blue Ridge, Georgia, desires to continue to regulate the sale of alcoholic beverages as provided in the Alcohol

Ordinance subject to the changes and/or additional regulations contained within this ordinance;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDERED, AND IT IS HEREBY ORDAINED by the Council of the City of Blue Ridge, Georgia, as authorized by the City Charter and general law, as follows:

SECTION 1.
The Alcohol Ordinance is hereby amended by modifying, deleting and adopting the following provisions.

SECTION 110.45-3
This Section is hereby amended by inserting an additional sentence and the end of the Paragraph which reads “In addition to any other requirements set forth in this Ordinance, the City of Blue Ridge may annually require any license holder subject to a ratio requirement to produce a statement prepared by a certified public account setting forth proof of compliance with the ratio and that consumable items are at least fifty percent (50%) of a licensee’s business volume.”

SECTION 110.45-34(f)
Section 110.45-34(f) entitled “Employee permits” is hereby amended by deleting the previous subsection (6) in its entirety and the new Section 110.45-34(f)(6) shall read as follows:

“An employee permit shall be valid for one year from the date of issue. The employee permit may be renewed upon the submission of a renewal application, the payment of the appropriate renewal fee, and upon a determination that such individual remains qualified for said permit under this Ordinance. The fee for renewal of an employee permit shall be no less than $30.00.” 110.45-34(f)(6).

SECTION 110.45-14
Section 110.45-14 entitled “Sale, Distribution and other dealing in alcoholic beverages within the City by officials and employees: exemptions”, subsection (a) is hereby amended by deleting the previous subsection (a) in its entirety and the new Section 110.45-14(a) shall read as follows:
No member of the City Council who holds any interest, directly or indirectly, in any establishment licensed by the City to sell, distribute or otherwise deal in alcoholic beverages shall vote on any matter involving or relating to said establishment. For purposes of this subsection, a member shall be deemed to have or hold a beneficial interest if the license is issued in the name of the person’s spouse, child, parent or sibling, or in a partnership or corporation or limited liability company in which such persons owns more than ten percent (10%) controlling interest.

SECTION 110.45-23 (Fees)
The fee schedule is hereby amended to state the charge for a temporary special event license permit shall be $150 per permit.

SECTION 110.45-35 (Days and Hours of Operation)
Subsection (a) and (b) is amended to change any reference to “after 11:30 p.m.” on Fridays and Saturdays to “after 12:00 a.m.”

Subsection (a) is amended to remove the parenthetical (but which must end at 9:00 p.m.).

Subsection (b) is amended by changing the sentence “except on New Year’s Eve (December 31), and sales shall be allowed until 11:59” to read “except on Labor Day, Memorial Day, July 4 and New Years’ Eve and sales shall be allowed until 12:00 a.m. the following day.”

A new Subsection (c) is added which reads “any person or entity holding a temporary special event license shall be allowed to furnish, sell or offer for sale alcoholic beverages until 12:00 a.m. on the day following the event.”

SECTION 110.45-50(b)(2)(H)
Subsection (H)’s introductory paragraph shall be amended to read as follows: As to any retail consumption dealer, reasonable drink specials may be allowed, provided, however, that no licensee, in connection with the sale or service of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises shall:

Subsection (H)(4) shall be amended to read [No licensee shall] “sale, offer to sell, or deliver to any person or group of persons any alcoholic beverage at a price less than the less than the price regularly charged for such alcoholic beverage during the same calendar week, except reasonable drink specials which are clearly identified as to price and quantity and licensed catered functions pursuant to an issued City permit and not open to the public shall be allowed.”;

SECTION 110.45-52(c)
Subsection (c) is hereby updated and amended to make non-profit organizations subject to the same Sunday sales rules (Section 110.45-35) which apply to all other persons, entities and organizations by deleting the parenthetical “(which cannot include any Sunday of the year).”

SECTION 2:
REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCES TO REMOVE CONFLICT

All parts of ordinances in conflict with the terms of this ordinance are hereby repealed to the extent of the conflict, but it is hereby provided that any ordinance or law which may be applicable hereto and aid in carrying out and making effective the intent, purpose and provisions hereof, is hereby adopted as a part hereof and shall be legally construed to be in favor of upholding this Ordinance on behalf of the City of Blue Ridge, Georgia.

SECTION 3.
SEVERABILITY

If any paragraph, subparagraph, sentence, clause, phrase or any other portion of this Ordinance should be declared invalid or unconstitutional by any Court of competent jurisdiction or if the provisions of any part of this Ordinance as applied to any particular person, situation or set of circumstances is declared invalid or unconstitutional, such invalidity shall not be construed to affect the provisions of this Ordinance not so held to be invalid, or the application of this Ordinance to other circumstances not so held to be invalid. It is hereby declared to be the legislative intent of the City Council of the City of Blue Ridge, Georgia to provide for separate and divisible parts and it does hereby adopt any and all parts hereof as may not be held invalid for any reason.

SECTION 4.
EFFECTIVE DATE

The effective date of this Ordinance shall be immediately upon its passage by the City Council and execution by the Mayor or upon fifteen (15) days expiring from the date of its passage without a veto of said Ordinance by the Mayor as set forth in the City Charter at Section 3.23(b).

 

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