In a unanimous vote at Monday’s monthly council meeting, the Hoschton City Council approved a beer and wine license for the new owners of the Saucy Noodle restaurant.
The restaurant is located at 21 City Square and is owned by Chris and Heather Choquette and Jeremy and Amanda Lorentz.
City clerk Ali Merk advised the council during the work session held before the council meeting that the applications had been completed and the background checks were good.
J. Lorentz told the council they were hoping to get the license prior to the Hoschton Festival planned later this month.
•The council tabled, until the Oct. 7 meeting, action on a request from Chris Dunlap, Dunlap Advertising, Athens, to change a current billboard along Highway 53 to an LED billboard. The council briefly discussed the request with Dunlap during the work session. Dunlap advised the council that he is hoping to purchase the sign and the property that it sits on. Dunlap said he is still working out some issues with the current property owner. Dunlap said there could be six to eight different ads on the LED sign and he offered up for the city’s use. “You can promote your festival, Christmas events, whatever,” Dunlap said. After a question from council member Scott Butler about the brightness of the LED sign, city attorney Thomas Mitchell, advised the council that the city’s sign ordinance could be amended to include restrictions on things such as brightness and how often the sign changes.
•Merk advised the council that the tax digest had been received from Jackson County Tax Commissioner Don Elrod and the total digest for Hoschton was $55.7 million.
•Merk also reported that Annointed Hands and Arbor Point Church recently opened in Towne Center. Merk told the council that Towne Center was now bank-owned and Clack Real Estate was managing the property. Merk said she is currently working with the fire marshal’s office about a firearms and ammunition dealer who is looking to locate in Merchants Park.
•The council briefly discussed renovations and repairs going on at city hall. Council member Jim Cleveland asked the council to consider turning the state area at the side of city hall into a nice patio area. Cleveland suggested using recreation special purpose location option sales tax (SPLOST) revenue to fund the project. The council will discuss the issue further at the Oct. meeting.
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