The Council for the City of Folkston held a regularly scheduled meeting Monday, December 17. During the meeting, the first reading of the Alcohol Ordinance was discussed and approved. The ordinance will govern the sale of alcohol, or distilled spirits, by the drink in restaurants within Folkston. The sale of alcohol within local restaurants was recently approved by voters. The ordinance sets the requirements to qualify to receive a license. 

Also during the meeting, the first reading of the Beverage Ordinance that sets the costs for the alcohol license at $500.00 for on premise consumption and $500.00 for on premise beer and wine consumption license was approved. The ordinance that governs beer and wine distribution at local stores will not be changed including the price of a license. 

A second reading of the new ordinances will need to be approved during the January meeting before taking effect.

Other business

A resolution to have a Special Election in March 2019 to fill the seat left vacant by the passing of Johnny Milton was approved.

Folkston Police Chief Wesley Green reported the department had responded to 36 incidents, 14 accidents, answered 768 calls and collected $11,108.50 including the City’s portion of $7,250.50 in November. 

City Manager Pender Lloyd informed the council that the sidewalk project from Bowery Lane in Homeland to the first Dollar General is on schedule to be completed in January.

The renewal of the AT&T Lease agreement for five more years was approved. The lease has allowed for antennas to be placed on the water tower located on Highway 252 since 1997, and with the renewal, will continue until 2024. The lease earns the city around $25,000.00 per year.

During the meeting, the following were approved: income statements; expense statements; minutes from November 19 public hearing; November 19 work session; and November 19 regular meeting.

The next regular meeting of the council will be rescheduled to January 14 at 6:00 p.m. due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday being on January 21.