MOULTRIE (Source: Kevin Hall The Moultrie Observer, Ga. (MCT) — The City of Moultrie approved a Revolving Loan Fund application for a new business, Colquitt Columns, at the city council’s meeting Tuesday.
Colquitt Columns has requested up to $20,000 to buy equipment and office furniture, according to Dale Williams, the city’s director of human resources and risk management.
Williams said the loan is designed to encourage companies to create jobs, especially for low- and moderate-income residents. The loan’s rules would require Colquitt Columns to create two jobs, but the company expects to create 10 by the end of 2013, Williams said.
The loan would be paid back at 3 percent interest over five to seven years, he said.
Currently, the Revolving Loan Fund has 14 active loans totaling some $734,000, Williams said. Those loans have been responsible for creating or preserving 276 jobs, two-thirds of them for low- or moderate-income workers.
The fund has $335,000 on hand, he said.
In other action Tuesday, the council:
• Tabled a request for a license to sell beer and liquor by the drink for on-premises consumption at La Cabana Familiar, 320 Talmadge Drive. The owner, Juan Antillion-Robledo, had more than $4,000 in uncollected debt, according to City Councilwoman Angela Castellow, who reported to the council the results of his background check.
Antillion-Robledo responded that he had been the victim of identity theft, and he hopes to have the matter cleared up in six to eight weeks.
The city council said it would consider his application once the credit issue has been resolved.
• Approved the sale of about 3,250 square feet of city-owned land to the Georgia Department of Transportation. The DOT is buying land along Highway 133 in preparation for the highway’s widening, City Manager Mike Scott said. This piece of property is at the corner of the highway and South Vandenberg Drive, where a sign designates the entrance to the industrial park.
• Approved first and second readings of an amendment to the Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance to add requirements for a wine application. The council will discuss the changes when it considers adoption at its next meeting.
• Reappointed Bertha Riojas, Andrea Scarrow, Angie Kling and Katie Cato to the Colquitt County Family Connection Board. Each will serve a two-year term ending June 30, 2014. The council was also called upon to approve a council representative to the board, a post held by the late Councilman George Walker; that appointment was tabled until the next council meeting.
• Waived the recreation facility fees at the Shaw Gym and R.D. Smith Youth Center for the Ram Roundup community event scheduled for the weekend of June 30.
• Approved the low bid of $20,766.11 from DGG Taser and Tactical Supply, Jacksonville, Fla., for equipment for the police department.
• Heard from Jeremy Bridges, a resident of Second Street Northwest, who thanked the city for increased police patrols on his street. He said he had complained to council in the past about speeders on his street, and that issue is getting better.
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