Brundidge Council tables billiard hall

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Brundidge City Council tabled a request by Felicia Glasco on Tuesday for a business license that would allow billiard tables at 249 North Main Street.

Glasco’s property is zoned for business but billiard tables are not an allowed use and would, therefore, require the approval of the council.

Council Members Margaret Ross, District 3, and Byron Gaynor, District 4, expressed concerns about the request.

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Ross said she did not think the residents on North Main Street would want that type of business in their neighborhood.

Gaynor agreed that such a business would make residents “uncomfortable.”

“The building is in a residential area and in the heart of town,” Gaynor said. “We can’t do that.”

Donna Hogan, who lives next door to Glasco’s  property, said she does not want a billiard hall next to her house.

“I’m not against her other business (seamstress) but I don’t want a pool hall next to my house,” Hogan said. “That’s the kind of place where trouble could start.”

Although Glasco said she would not apply for a beer license for the billiard hall, Mayor Isabell Boyd said the lack of a beer license would not prevent beer from being brought into the business.

Councilmember Chris Foster, District 5, made a motion to table the request in order to give the council members more time to gather information.

The council voted in favor of a request by William Johnston to name a section of State Road 93 in memory of John Phillip Johnston, Brundidge historian and lifelong city resident.

Johnston said his uncle picked up trash along the roadside between mileposts three and four for many years.

“John Phillip loved Brundidge and he loved history,” Johnston said. “This would be a way to honor and remember him.”

Johnston said he has talked State Rep. Alan Boothe and has received his support for the request to name the one-mile section of State Road 93 in memory of Johnston. He has also talked with Pike County Commissioner Jimmy Barron and has his support.

The section of State Road 93 that Johnston is seeking to be named in his uncle’s honor is within the Brundidge Police jurisdiction. The Brundidge City Council voted in support of the request.

The council also discussed the longstanding problem the city has with 18-wheelers turning onto and off of Main Street.

The council asked City Manager Britt Thomas to contact the State Highway Department in an effort to find what could be done to alleviate the problem.

Ross said trucks turning off Highway 231 onto S.A. Graham Blvd. come into the downtown area only to turn right onto Main Street and go south to get back on Highway 231.

“We do not need these big trucks turning onto or off of Main Street,” Ross said.

The Brundidge City Council meets at 6 p.m. at Brundidge City Hall on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. The meetings are open to the public.