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Williamson council approves liquor sales referendum for November ballot

By Dwain W. Penn

The May 12 meeting of Williamson council convened at city hall with new elements reflective of the fresh spring season in full bloom. A new city clerk, employed less than a week, was introduced by mayor Steve Fry and a short agenda resulted in brevity allowing completion and adjournment within an hour.

“Let’s welcome our new city clerk,” said Fry. “Pamela Schoentag has only been here four days.”

“It’s a pleasure to be here,” said Schoentag. “I am learning and plan to continue learning. I am grateful for this opportunity.”

Ten minutes later, Schoentag shared her first library report, data provided by the new library staff.  Emphasis was placed on attendance at ongoing events: Toddler Time brought in 47 children and Craft Day attracted 67 folks.

For several years, effort was made to improve conditions on Second District Road. Councilman Tom Brown, attending via phone, asked about traffic signs previously discussed. Fry reported the ‘no through trucks’ signs had arrived and will be installed along with new speed bumps. Discussion is ongoing with the sheriff patrol about enforcing the thru truck ban.

For a couple of months, the Whistle Stop store has collected signatures for a liquor sales referendum. The roster will be checked to see how many of the current 51 signatures are registered voters. 

Meanwhile councilwoman Angela Martin made a motion to go ahead and put the referendum on the November ballot. 

Council approved the matter 3 to 1.

COUNCIL ALSO:

• Heard the city’s current revenue is at an all-time high of $807,000, comprised of general budget, water budget and SPLOST.

• Approved to ask Carter & Sloope to develop an environmental review to obtain grants for city water repairs.

• Agreed to proceed with plans to alternate cuttings to service bidders before choosing a landscape contractor.

• Learned the back of the old fire department at city hall will be fixed up for use as a non-climate-critical items storage.

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