An invitation-only event to be held the evening of Jan. 18, its purpose is to showcase the new facility to event planners and special guests. It will provide an open bar and wine with dinner, paid through donations, while a daylong community open house will be held on Jan. 19.
The budget for the event includes $11,000 in donations to cover a full-service open bar and wine with dinner. No tax money will be used for the cost of alcohol, it was stated during the meeting. The resolution calls for a budget not to exceed $22,000, which includes food, decorations and entertainment.
Mayor Harvey Persons expressed his opposition during the regular council meeting Monday night, stating he was opposed to serving alcohol at any event hosted by the city.
In other business, the mayor was authorized by the city council to sign a change order with Lewellan Construction Co. Inc. for additional stamped concrete quantities for the Arbor/Stewart Parkway sidewalk project.
Jeff Noles, city development services director, explained last week the change order was for stamped concrete to go between the sidewalk, curb and gutter for the length of the sidewalk in Arbor Station.
Mayor Pro Tem Larry Yockey expressed his appreciation for the eight-year project, which he said “was a long time coming.”
He added, “It’s been well worth the investment, not only to the city, but also to the residents of Arbor Station.”
The total cost of the project is $48,865.98, with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to reimburse the city for 80 percent of the project. The city is responsible for paying 20 percent of the cost of the sidewalk project.