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Winder City Council amends Sunday alcohol regulations

WINDER - Winder residents voted recently to allow Sunday sales of alcohol within the city limits.

To reflect that change, the city's alcoholic beverage ordinance was amended Tuesday night. Business owners who sell alcohol on Sunday must update their liquor license to reflect Sunday sales.

Caterers will benefit from Tuesday's amendment also, as licensed caterers are no longer limited to four events per year. With the allowance of Sunday sales, caterers with an alcohol license no longer have an annual event limit imposed.

Monroe Highway rezoning request denied

Dale Miller and his wife, Kim, have what they call "a dream," and that's to remodel a quaint old home at 116 Monroe Highway and turn it into a hair salon, coffee shop and trinket shop.

Winder's Planning and Zoning Board and City Council members call it something else - spot zoning.

For that reason, the Millers' dream will not come to fruition, at least not at that address.

"I felt the Planning and Zoning meeting wasn't fair," Dale Miller said. "I walked in there any everybody was buddy-buddy. Nobody talked to me about what I wanted to do there. We want to buy the house, fix it up and stay there 10 to 15 years."

Miller's hair salon is located in a strip mall that has been sold, and he could have to move out at a moment's notice any day now.

But several councilmen reminded Miller that they have been consistent recently with denying spot zoning, the practice of intermingling different zoning designations to adjoining properties.

The council voted unanimously to deny Miller's request.

City administrator: Natural gas prices should be lower this year

Winder city administrator Bob Beck announced at Tuesday night's City Council meeting that residents' gas bills should be much lower this year compared to last year.

Beck cited the repair and restoration of natural gas sources along the Gulf Coast, as well as a healthy stockpile of the gas already in storage.