Council approves 90-day conditional outside alcohol permit for Ice Bar
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Woodstock City Council granted Ice Martini Bar’s request to provide outdoor seating and serve alcohol in its 5-foot by 30-foot patio area during its meeting Monday night. Since complaints were raised by the public when the council allowed the previous owners to serve alcohol on the Chambers Street sidewalk, the council added a 90-day condition that if issues are reported to staff during that time permission can be revoked.<br>Special to the Tribune
Woodstock City Council granted Ice Martini Bar’s request to provide outdoor seating and serve alcohol in its 5-foot by 30-foot patio area during its meeting Monday night. Since complaints were raised by the public when the council allowed the previous owners to serve alcohol on the Chambers Street sidewalk, the council added a 90-day condition that if issues are reported to staff during that time permission can be revoked.
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WOODSTOCK — The Woodstock City Council unanimously approved a request for outdoor seating and alcohol service in the patio area of Ice Martini Bar on Chambers Street in downtown Woodstock at its Monday night meeting.

The approval comes with a 90-day probationary period providing no complaints are brought to city staff.

Owners Danny and Peggy Snow said they plan to put four round tables in the 5-foot by 30-foot patio area in front of the restaurant. Smoking will not be allowed in the outdoor area.

“Our plan is to have the tables broken down in the evening by 10 (p.m.,)” Danny Snow said.

Snow said he was familiar with issues with the former restaurant at the location, Wink Woodstock, which closed in April 2012.

The business closed just days before Woodstock City Council was set to vote on whether to revoke its business license just six months after opening, in part due to serving alcohol in the sidewalk area before the barricade was installed. Wink owners also reportedly failed to pay quarterly alcohol licensing fees on time and violated other city ordinances.

Councilmember Bud Leonard said he still has some reservations about allowing alcohol to be served on the sidewalk area.

But Peggy Snow said Ice has been open six months and has had no ordinance issues and paid all of their excise taxes each month on time.

“We’re going to try to really stay within the guidelines and we’d love to be able to have some service outside,” she said.

Also, the council approved an ordinance allowing nonprofit organizations to apply for permits to solicit on public highway rights-of-way.

City Manager Jeff Moon said the ordinance closely mirrors Cherokee County’s solicitation ordinance, but Woodstock’s is modified to state that no one under 18 is allowed to solicit. The county ordinance allows children under 18 to solicit if they are accompanied by an adult.

Another difference in Woodstock’s ordinance requires participants to clearly and visibly identify the organization they represent, which was requested by Councilmember Tessa Basford.

The council also:

— Approved a conditional use permit for Todd Starbuck of Kennesaw at 4920 Highway 92 to allow for a Hertz rental car agency;

— Approved a rezoning application from for Townview Commons subdivision on the north side of Highway 92 and west of Interstate 575 from general commercial with parkway overlay district to R3-C to accommodate single-family detached homes. The subdivision presently has two buildings with 12 townhome units on its 8.43 acres;

— Approved amendments to the community development fee schedule as well as the water and sewer fee schedule;

— Approved the authorization of the mayor to execute new agreements subject to the city attorney’s review and approval for future floodplain mapping; and

— Met in executive session to discuss real estate, litigation and personnel. The council did not take action upon returning to open session.

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