Debbie Cox wants pool players at Pop’s Roadhouse Billiards in Danielsville to purchase beer along with their time at the table, but city council members say they don’t want to open the door to late-night trouble in the quiet Madison County town.
The Danielsville City Council unanimously rejected Cox’s request for a beer and wine license Monday. Mayor Glenn Cross noted that city ordinances stipulate that no business can sell alcohol by the drink within 200 yards of a private residence and that the council would have to award Cox a variance in order to allow alcohol sales.
Council members said they didn’t want to do that.
“We want to keep the city the quiet and pristine place that it is,” said council member Junne Temple, who added that city residents she spoke with oppose a beer license for the billiards hall on Hwy. 98 East.
Cox questioned whether the council would also reject requests from restaurants seeking to sell alcohol by the drink.
Temple said the council would have to consider each request.
Cox responded that she felt the council was discriminating against pool players.
“I feel we’re being stereotyped,” said Cox.
The billiards hall owner indicated that she might not accept the council’s rejection of her request, asking city attorney Victor Johnson about her legal options after the council’s vote.
In other business Monday, the council heard from Billy McGillvary, who said city law prohibits him from using rat shot to kill squirrels that are eating holes in his garage. The council agreed to amend city ordinances to allow city residents to use firearms on their own property for such purposes.
“I myself shoot a rat or a snake every now and then,” said council member Roger Watson.
In other matters, maintenance advisor Jerry Riley said the city received a letter from the Environmental Protection Division about high discharge readings at the city sewage pond. Riley said the increase in septic services from restaurants has led to the increase. The council agreed to have Riley contact an engineer to determine the cost of a study of the problem.
The council also agreed to raise the mileage reimbursement rate for city employees from $.35 to $.45 a mile.