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Buford gives businesses serving liquor more time to comply with ordinance

BUFORD -- The Buford City Commission agreed Monday night to give establishments serving liquor in the city extra time to comply with requirements of the Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance.

"We want to give everybody a fair amount of time to do this," Commission Chairman Phillip Beard said during the board's monthly meeting. Such a business must sell a certain amount of food in relation to alcohol served.

"We don't want just a pure bar scene in the city of Buford," Beard said.

Chapter 6 of the Code of Ordinances for Alcoholic Beverages was amended to reflect the changes.

In other business, the Commission:

* Awarded T.W. Phillips Company the low bid of $349,840 to do the mass grading and stormwater work for planned Buford town park and community center/theater.

* Approved a special-use permit and rezoning to allow Buford Collision Center to begin operation at 4175 S. Lee St. Outside storage of vehicles and equipment will be prohibited and there must be construction of an entrance driveway determined by the engineers.

* Awarded a special-use permit to Shannon Murray for an automotive repair shop at 4992 B.U. Bowman Drive.

* Allowed JP Morgan Chase Bank at 3789 Buford Drive to construct a drive-through window facility.

* Commissioners Chris Burge and Michael Smith were sworn in by the city attorney for another term, along with school board members Pat Pirkle and Bruce Fricks.

Beard again was re-elected chairman for 2010 by board members, along with Burge as vice-chairman. Also, all department heads were reappointed.