Albany City Commission votes down proposed alcohol license moratorium

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Jul. 29—ALBANY — A proposal to suspend issuing licenses to establishments that pour shots or make package alcohol sales for a 90-day period was shot down by the Albany City Commission.

The 5-2 vote to nix the proposed moratorium was among the top stories from the commission's meeting.

"This is not an anti-business measure," Ward VI Commissioner Demetrius Young, who proposed the three-month moratorium, said. "We can take the time to really study the issue."

Young, who was joined by Ward I Commission Jon Howard in voting to approve the moratorium, has frequently called for a slowdown of issuing alcohol licenses, particularly in residential areas.

Other top stories included:

— The approval of an $11.54 million contract for the construction of a new city transportation center on West Oglethorpe Boulevard.

— Approval of a $400,000 grant to assist with the expansion of the Outdoor Network for upgrades to its distribution center.

To view the meeting,, visit https://www.facebook.com/thecityofalbany/videos/844894326434695.

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