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,e The Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the HogansuiUe-Grant ille Area Since 1944 VOL. 69, NO. 10 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA- FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011 8 PAGES 1 SECTION 50 Request Tabled By 3-2 Vote By ANDY KOBER in the face of opposition to the request, along with some unanswered questions, a "by the drink" alcohol sales permit requested by Jackie Byars was tabled during the council meeting held last Monday evening. The permit was not for liquor, but rather for beer and "How can you grant a license to a place that is not even a restaurant?" Referring tO the Van Byars Auction Center, Pitts asked, "Is it a restaurant? Is it an auction? Is it a' special events center? Which one is it?" Pitts then noted issues involving the consumption of alcoholic beverages. wine, and was for the auction center. AFTER THE public hear- During the public hear- ing, discussion among the ing opposition to the request council members was held came -from Doug Pitts. and Jackie Byars was asked Pit ,had obtained a copy to respond to Pitts' comments of the ordinance allowing"by Byars noted having dis- the drink" alcohol sales and cussed the "by the drink" reported tlaat such sales had, .alcohol permit process with to be conducted inside aCity Manager Bill restaurant. He said that Stankiewicz and City Clerk "B zars Enterprises is not a Lisa KeUy. restaurant." He said the busi- "Part of that considera- ness was an auction that sold tion was to make my restau- concessions and had a rant a restaurant again and kitchen, use it to have events Pitts also c ited a provi- Byars told council members. sionintheordinancerequired She noted this Could include that 50 percent of the restau-- special dinners, special rant's sales must be food. He events and other such activ- noted that during the auc- ities. tions, hamburgers, hot dogs "Mykitchenisa full-serv.- and ice cream were sold. ice commercial kitchen," "IfI was going down Main Byars said. She also said that Street, I would not know they were a restaurant," Pitts said. See ALCOHOL Page.2A Photos By ANDY KOBER NOT A HAPPY ENDING - After serving the needs of children in Hogansville, much of the old West End School has been allowed to slowly Crumble. TOP, this view of the old school portrays one of the better sections with only asingle window missing and boarded up. While a portion of the old school remains in use, other sections are in deplorable condition. After Dr. Jimmy McCamey sought to make use of the old school, possibly as a group 'home for the Center for Creative Growth and Development, city officials issueda moratorium on use of the property until zoning issues can be addressed. ABOVE, this section of the old West End School appears to have been the site of considerable vandal- ism. Numerous windows have been broken and the door on thenght side is either missing or open. As bad as this appears, the section of the building facing Hightower Street sfar Worse where sections of exterior wall have been overgrown with small trees and brush. O By Andy Kober During a called meeting held Thursday, Mar. 3, the Hogansville City Council issued a moratorium on uses of three unzoned properties in the city. The action was prompted by Dr. Jimmy McCamey, president of the Center for Creative Growth and Development, though it was not likely his intention. McCamey came under fire in Hogansville in January after i.t was learned he was attempting to establish a group home for troubled youth in the old Crocker Elementary School, which now houses the senior center, recreation department, God's Bread Basket food bank, Hogansville Pilot Club, the health department and more. According to its website, the vari- ous programs offered by the Center for Creative Growth and Development includes residential treatment pro- :)! , grams for those teens v ith behavioral problems caused by "sePal abuse, self- abuse, emotional dis-regulation and con- duct disorder. Center residents may be diagnosed with psychiatric disorders and or learning disabilities.!' The center currently operates three such group homes in La range. McCamey sought use of the old Crocker Elementary School as the basic design of part of the building could apparently lend itself to being used as a group home. In a letter written to city officials McCamey expected the city to fund a large number of expensive repairs and upgrades. Though not on the agenda, the issue surfaced during the council meeting held Jan. 18, and the response was almost totally negative. MCCAMEY'S DESIRE to establish a group home in HogansviUe surfaced again last week, when he reportedly By ANDY KOBER daily lives." "Many times, we on the Rev. James Chambliss outside feel totall left out," addressed the city council Chambliss said. He then last Monday evening, calling asked for the formation of for the formation of Neigh- Neighborhood Planning borhood Planning Units. Units that could regularly Chambliss noted moving meet with the city manager, to Hogansville in 1985, and police chief and other depart- seeing a number of transi- ment heads or deputy depart- tionsoccur.Hesaidthatanew ment heads. transition would soon be tak- Mayor Jimmy Jackson ing place with the selection said such an effort had been of a new city manager, attempted before, but that Chambliss said that most attendance at the citizens residents interact with either meetings slowly dwindled. the city manager or police Chambliss pledged to be chief, with very little inter- active in such a program. action with the city council. The council learned that He called the city manager Ho ansville has been ap- and police chief the "two anchors that really affect our See COUNCIL Page 2A attempted to get a business license and utility service in Hogansville at the old West End School. According to city officials, McCamey's request was denied since . he did not either own property in the city, or have a lease or rental agreement on property in the city. City officials then began to look at the zoning of the old school building and property and determined that it had never been zoned. When the property belonged to the city, zoning was not required and was not an issue. City Manager Bill Stankiewicz reports the city sold the propertyin 1994 to the Hogansville Community Improvemem Associatior, Inc. At that time the property should have bee ' TIME TO CHANGE. The :me changes this weekend. zoned, but for some reason that r "" r t, "~t VC. i C~" nho. d one hour before happened, i going tO beo oatu,uay a iiyl'K, i-l,~, 0~.~1 ~, .~.." )f;~;-.0~!S r mipd r " " " " " ' '~ ' " " Historicalecords md]cat'e the I uS. that it is also .tLme to change the aeries Jn your i ---- --" I sl oke detector. ,, I See SCHOOL Page 2A I .....