The Jackson County Board of Commissioners approved a license last Thursday for alcohol to be served at the upcoming Luke Bryan Farm Tour concert.
The commissioners, in a called meeting, unanimously approved the 2014 Class D-2 Caterer license to 119 CHOPS, allowing the sale of malt beverages by the drink for on-the-premises consumption only for BGRG, Inc. doing business as 119 CHOPS.
The event is set for Thursday, Oct. 9, at Meldon Farm, 168 Hardman Road, Jefferson.
Two nearby residents spoke, at the public hearing portion of the called meeting in opposition to the request.
Pauline Hancock, Red Bird Lane, said, “I am totally against alcohol being sold. You can have a concert without alcohol.”
Hancock voiced concern about the dangers associated with people drinking at the concert and then driving home.
Hancock also spoke about the issue with traffic.
“I have to work in Jefferson on Thursday and I will be trying to get home and I know it will be gridlocked in Jefferson,” Hancock said.
Commerce Road resident, Evelyn O’Kelley, also stated she was not against the concert, but she didn’t approve of alcohol being sold/served at the concert.
119 CHOPS owner Jim Stafford, Milledgeville, told the group he owned two restaurants in Georgia and had both city and state alcohol licenses.
Stafford explained that the people working the concert would follow a procedure before selling alcohol to anyone.
He said every person purchasing alcohol will be required to show their identification and at that time they would receive a colored wristband that would allow them to purchase the alcohol.
Stafford also said the price of an alcoholic beverage would be inflated.
“For example a beer is $6 each,” Stafford said.
Stafford said he could not speak about the issue with crowd and traffic control.
County manager Kevin Poe advised that Sheriff Janis Mangum is currently working with the Georgia State Patrol on a plan to deal with the crowd and traffic.
Commissioner Dwain Smith made the motion to approve the license and chairman Tom Crow seconded the motion. Commissioners Bruce Yates and Jim Hix voted in favor of the motion. Commissioner Chas Hardy was not present.