Business licenses approved, denied

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Troy City Council approved one beer and wine license and denied a retail liquor license at a meeting Tuesday night.

The wine and beer license was for W.L. Petrey Wholesale, new owners of Ingram’s Curb Market.

“We’re going to leave the name like it is,” said Ronnie Goolsby, the new manager of Ingram’s. “It is a successful business and we see no reason to change it. We are keeping all the employees we had.”

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Ingram’s previously sold wine and beer for off premise use and a license was granted for the new owners by a unanimous vote.

The owner of a proposed nightclub on George Wallace Drive in the old Campus Deli location was denied a retail liquor license, though, based on the businesses location.

The council was concerned that the location, coupled with an estimated 50 customers allowed by codes, could prove hazardous since patrons might be walking across the busy street due to a lack of parking.

The council encouraged the owner to find a new location and expressed they were supportive of the business concept – a blues club that would offer nightly events for a target group of 25 years old and older. Council members Charlie Dunn, Greg Meeks, Marcus Paramore and Johnny Witherington voted to deny the application while Dejerilyn King Henderson was in favor of the blues club.

Also at the meeting, the council approved a collaborative effort between both local school systems, Troy University and East Central Mental Health to use the week of Oct. 24-26 to bring attention to cyber bullying and teen suicide. The week will culminate with a 5K run that will raise money for the two school systems to divide and use toward the purchase of anti bullying and suicide awareness curriculums.

Also at the meeting, the council voted to allow a business license to Ryan Holmes and Luke 11:21 for a business license to repair and sell firearms; to allow for the purchase of body cameras for police officers at a cost of $475 each at the recommendation of the Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation; to assess property owners at 1111 Harrison Street and 198 U.S. Highway 231 for the removal of weeds; to remove dilapidated buildings at Southland Mobile Home Park; to re-purchase property at Industrial Park South from an owner who no longer wishes to build at the location; to declare weeds a nuisance at 714 and 800 S. Brundidge Street and 114 Smith St., to transfer a surplus fire truck to Pike County Fire and Rescue; to move forward with applying for a Federal Aviation Administration grant to aid in work at the Troy Municipal Airport where the city would pay a match of five percent; and to hire Goodwyn Mills and Cawood in the amount of about $62,650 for services related to the airport.

Henderson recognized District 5 residents Jessie and Loretta Hooten as having the “Yard of the Month.” The couple was awarded a $50 gift card to Lowe’s and will have a sign placed in their yard for the month of August.

Before the close of the meeting, Mayor Jason Reeves invited Parks and Recreation Director Dan Smith to present two lifeguards who saved a 6-year-old boy last weekend. Tim Pollard, 24, from Panama City, is a first-summer lifeguard with the city who is studying physical education at Troy University. Idral Bowen, 22, from Cedar Bluff, is a third-summer lifeguard with the city and is studying Sports and Fitness Management at the university. Both men received applause from those present for their life-saving efforts.