Columbus toasts to revised alcohol ordinance

By Lindsey Connell - bio | e-mail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  City officials are one step closer to making a significant change to the city's alcohol ordinance.

As it stands now, a restaurant cannot serve alcohol within 300 feet of a park or church.

In an effort to bring business to the city, particularly to the South side, may throw that rule out for traditional restaurants to set up shop.

The revisions will go to a first reading at council's next meeting.

Plus, a public hearing on the amendment will be held next week in Council Chambers.

Columbus council has also decided to move forward with the design of a new ice rink.

The rink will be built right next to the Civic Center.

It will be used for multiple functions like youth and adult hockey leagues, recreation, and for the Cottonmouths to practice on when there is a major event scheduled in the Civic Center.

The new rink will cost about $9,000,000 and is funded by a 2003 Bond Package.

Also at council today, the mayor and council received an update on the Local Option Sales Tax and the hiring of one hundred new police officers.

So far, the police department has filled 42 openings with advanced funding.

With the newly expanded force and ten additional police beats coming with LOST funds, council also approved plans to expand the city's 911 center and put new high performance data systems in police cars.