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Winder to acquire new city building

WINDER -- City council members in Winder on Tuesday voted to ratify the acquisition of The Peoples Bank Operations Center, located at 25 East Midland Avenue. According to city administrator Donald Toms, the first floor of the building will house the city police department. Use for the second floor is still being decided.

Music store owner wants pallet business to move

Becky Tollerson, who co-owns 106 West School of Music, located at the corner of Athens Street and Beulah Street, addressed Mayor David Maynard and council members during Tuesday's city council meeting. Tollerson said that for four years, she and her husband have petitioned the city to enforce its zoning ordinance, specifically, the Neighborhood Business zoning designation.

Tollerson stated Tuesday that, not only is pallet recycling being done in a neighborhood business district, but tractor-trailers are also parked on the site on a regular basis. The noise, according to the music store owner, is an annoyance, and the pallet business is unsafe to operate in a Neighborhood Business area.

Winder's city attorney is supposed to submit his opinion on the matter soon. Tollerson feels that she and her husband have not been able to get fair treatment with respect to this ordinance enforcement issue, but she is hopeful that will change in the coming weeks.

Upcoming warm weather events scheduled

Council members gave the green light to several outdoor events Tuesday. A permit was approved for SummerFest, a carnival scheduled for May 23 through June 3 at Jug Tavern Arena. The Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation parade permit was also approved. The parade will take place beginning 10:30 a.m. on June 6. It will begin and end at Fort Yargo. Approximately 20 cars and 50 motorcycles will participate.

A 5K race sponsored by St. Anthony's Episcopal Church will be held at 3 p.m. April 1. It will begin at the church, continue through nearby neighborhood streets and end back at the church.