Ladonia Steakhouse applies for liquor licenses

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By Blenda Copeland

The T-Bones Steakhouse and Grill in Ladonia has applied for an on-premise beer license and an on-premise whiskey/wine license.

The Phenix City Council approved Tuesday the first reading of owner James G. Dyer III’s request.

The city council is expected to consider the second (and final) reading of the licenses request at its next meeting.

The request is approved pending that the building passes a final inspection and meets other codes regarding fire protection.

During discussion, City Manager Wallace Hunter said he wanted to clarify that delays in the steakhouse’s opening are due to the building not being ready yet for the final inspection. City building official Gil Griffith explained the building’s fire sprinkler system is still being worked on.

Also, City Police Chief Ray Smith explained that because this is a new establishement asking for a liquor license for the first time, the city must perform its due diligence. He was referring to doing the required inspections, alerting the public (via first reading) of the owner’s liquor licenses request, and waiting the appropriate time for a second reading.

He said typically, if an establishment isn’t ready for its final inspection, such license requests may be tabled, which would delay the waiting period by two weeks (until the next city council meeting).

“That’s the process,” he said, in summary. “That’s always been the process.”

During other meeting highlights:

– the council recognized the Women in National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and their gifts of appreciation bags to Phenix City’s police officers

– ratified a July resolution authorizing a joint revenue sharing agreement with Halpern Enterprises Inc. Halpern is developing land near Goodwill on a high bluff; the deal with the city is for 10 years or up to $900,000, said Assistant City Manager Steve Smith.

– Approved a resolution authorizing a Memorandum of Understanding that M-K Realty will pay $50,000 to the city to extend an 8-inch water main across U.S. Highway 280/431. The extension will benefit the area, Smith explained.

– Approved to pay $16,368.60 to Nolin Fence to build an A/C fence enclosure at the Central Activities Center to prevent theft

– Approved a plan to let Alabama Power Company maintain 400 city street lights; the lights will be converted to LED lights.

– Approved the payment of $40,250 to Columbus Wilbert Vault Company Inc. for grave repairs in the city’s cemeteries; in answer to a question, City Manager Wallace Hunter said the city owns the cemeteries where the repairs will occur, hence, they don’t have to ask the permission of the families of those buried there to do the upgrades.