Council to request occupational licenses

by | November 17, 2004 12:00 am

By JACQUIE BRASHER

By JACQUIE BRASHER

At its meeting Monday night, Swainsboro city council voted to study implementing occupational licenses on visiting vendors to the city. Mayor Ricky Stevens informed council that he has received several calls from local businesses and residents about vendors selling wares in parking lots and residents conducting frequent “yard sales” all across town.

Building Inspector Alton Lawson told council, “According to the state of Georgia, a vehicle is considered a place of business.” He said these vendors need to be charged an occupational tax when they sell their goods out of their cars in certain parking lots in the city. Exempted persons would be non-profit organizations, disabled veterans, home shows, farm products or public service organizations. However, out-of-town or local vendors who sell their wares frequently in town will be subject to this tax. Lawson also requested that the city add to its codes that yard sales conducted at a person’s residence must be subjected to a tax if that person has a sale more than once a quarter. However, yard sales conducted at The Boneyard in the city are free of charge. Council voted to impose a $100 fine on vendors operating without an occupational license.

In other business:

• Council voted to abate dilapidated structures on Washington, Lincoln and Gumlog streets as nuisances.

• Fire Chief Mike Strobridge told council that firefighters will be painting and flushing fire hydrants in the city. He said he and his staff will be approaching homeowners should they have a tree or similar hindrance in front of the hydrant.

• Mayor Stevens said city codes are in the process of being re-evaluated to meet current standards. According to Administrator Al Lawson, approximately 250 codes are being restructured, added or deleted and will eventually be brought to a public hearing.

• Mayor Stevens reminded the public that the annual Shriners’ Christmas Parade will be held Dec. 18. He invited any interested persons to a lunch he is hosting at Old Home Place Restaurant on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 12 noon to discuss ways to make the parade bigger and better. He encouraged local civic clubs to participate.

•Mayor Stevens informed council that the city’s old Light and Water building has been added into the national registry of historic places.

• Mayor Stevens informed council that the city of Swainsboro has been chosen as a stop on the 2005 Heart and Soul Bus Tour, slated for April 19, 2005. The bus tour will have about 40-60 Georgia legislators, bankers and various dignitaries who will tour the city. Appointed to the welcoming committee are Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Morgan.

After an executive session to discuss personnel and legal concerns of the Land Spray Application project, council reconvened with no action taken on personnel but authorized Mayor Stevens to travel to Atlanta Tuesday, Nov. 23 to meet with Georgia Environmental Protection Division to discuss the LAS.

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