Members of a county commission committee gave the go-ahead Tuesday for a no-parking zone to be established on Owens Road near North Belair Road.
Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross
At issue, officials said, is overflow parking that has been occurring since a new Rhinehart's Oyster Bar recently opened on North Belair near Owens. "Rhinehart's put up signs, but citizens have called saying they'd like the county to put up signs, too,'' commission Chairman Ron Cross said.
At Tuesday's planning and engineering services committee meeting, commissioners also decided to hold off on approving an alcohol application for the Quick Stop No. 3 on Jimmie Dyess Parkway, which has been operated under the name Short Stop.
The owners of Short Stop have had four citations of selling alcohol to a minor since taking over the business, commissioners were told.
Commissioners then were told by county code enforcement officials that someone new has purchased the business and has plans to purchase the land, so they have requested a new alcohol license.
Code enforcement officials, however, said they weren't sure whether there is a family connection with the new and old owners or whether the sell is an attempt for the business to keep its alcohol license despite the previous owners' having four citations - which results in an automatic revocation of the license. For that reason, the county commission decided to have the situation researched further.
"I do not like the way this is going down,'' Commissioner Tom Mercer said.
In other action Tuesday, the commission:
- Gave preliminary approval to an alcohol application for Bartram Trail Golf Club.
- Gave preliminary approval for wine tastings to occur at Vineyard Wine Market in Evans.
- Preliminarily agreed to the establishment of a residential reserved parking zone in the Evanston subdivision, where residents have reported Evans High School students parking there because they don't have a school parking permit. The reserved parking zone would issue a tag to be placed on a resident's car mirror, allowing them to park on their subdivision road but allowing no one else to do so.
- Heard that an animal control ordinance that might have restricted the number of pets someone could have is no longer desired.
- Preliminarily agreed to a request of $12,000 for the county's community events committee to have grand opening festivities for the new Evans library and performing arts center next spring.
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