City commission denies conditional use request for business

The Cedartown City Commission Monday night denied a conditional use request for Lucky 8 Billiards, which had already opened for business on 511 W. Ave, Cedartown. Spokesperson for the business Leanne Schmeck, told commissioners that the business would have pool tables, air hockey and amusement machines. There were no residents speaking in opposition to the special use permit for the business. However, city building inspector Bill Ferrell advised commissioners that although the business did not yet have its permit, it was already in business. A public hearing regarding the matter was held before the start of the commission’s regular meeting. Later in their meeting, commissioners came back to vote on the conditional use permit request. The motion to deny the conditional use request was made by Commissioner Dale Tuck seconded by Scott Tillery. The to vote to deny was unanimous. Cedartown City Manager Charles Akridge said in his city manger’s report that the business had already violated city code before the commission ever voted on the conditional use request.  The commission also voted to approve motions that allowed for cosmetic improvements to the Cedartown Library. Akridge says that he’s excited about getting those repairs underway. A bid to clean the sidewalks surrounding the library and the exterior walls of the building was also approved. The low bid of $575 was awarded to Certi-Clean. SPLOST funds will be utilized for the projects.