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Sugar Hill council discusses movies, temporary alcohol sales

SUGAR HILL — The Sugar Hill City Council at its monthly work session Monday night gave considerable discussion to permissible use of two popular public areas and two circumstances of alcohol use.

Specifically:

• In response to residents’ request to show a movie series on the town green downtown or at E.E. Robinson Park’s amphitheater, the council discussed formulating a policy governing what rating of movies could be shown and what signage should distinguish privately shown movies from those of the city’s Reels at Robinson. The council indicated it preferred to consider movie showings on a case-by-case basis, as opposed to approving a series, and even with conspicuously placed signs, limiting ratings to PG-13 and under.

• The council proposed an ordinance to prohibit drive-through alcohol sales, though an applicant who last month sought a permit to do so had since withdrawn that request.

• After studying practices in Duluth, Grayson, Snellville and Lawrenceville, the council discussed North Gwinnett High’s request to dispense alcohol at a fundraising casino night at a health club. The council discussed limiting temporary alcohol sales permits to three days to cover long weekend events and to one permit annually. Discussed were limits on the size of alcoholic drinks and law enforcement supervision at such events.

The council also:

• Discussed the State Elections Division’s statewide requirement that the city’s elections superintendent, Jeanne Ferguson, complete certain hours of online training, as well as a day of training at Kennesaw State University.