Albany commissioners will hold a hearing on April 19 on whether to revoke the alcohol license held by the owners of the Applejax bar and lounge on Broad Avenue. It was in the parking lot of that club that two men were stabbed to death last month.
The city attorney says there is ample evidence of violence around the club to revoke the alcohol license. The owners will be allowed to argue their case at the hearing, but the city attorney says the owners will face a lot of questions.
Davis said: “We feel there will be substantial questions as to what security was or was not in place, whether the provisions of the alcohol code were followed as far as reporting disturbances, maintaining order, all the things that are very specific in the alcohol code.”
Even though much of the crime happens just outside the club, the owners should assume the responsibility of keeping the area safe and that hasn’t happened.
For that reason, we hope the commission will move quickly and take their liquor license.
State: Don’t rob Peter to pay Paul
The State of Georgia, like the rest of us, is having trouble balancing its new budget plan. One of their big ideas is to borrow money from Medicare this summer. The problem with that is Medicare runs short by next winter.
Lawmakers will be right back in the same boat in the January legislative session trying to figure out how to balance the budget. What could they be thinking? That magically the money will appear in the state’s bank accounts? Don’t hold your breath.
The other big idea: spend more money, $23 million, going after deadbeat tax payers. Maybe that will pay off. But if it doesn’t, they still get to spend the $23 million and the hole they are digging gets deeper.
We would like to see our legislators spend more time figuring out how to get by on less money. Do what businesses have been doing for years.
It is great to hear the state is considering combining some office services across departments, like payroll. We were surprised to hear that it was not already combined. Just how much other duplication of jobs and services are there in Georgia?
State senators and state representatives: FIND OUT. And save the money.
Written by Jim Wilcox, general manager of WALB.