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Winder announces Jug Tavern Pavilion ready to come down

POSTED: July 9, 2014 2:00 p.m.

The man who purchased the Jug Tavern Pavilion nearly a month ago arrived in town with his crew on Tuesday and begins demolition today, the Winder City Council was informed in Tuesday night’s meeting.

Winder City Clerk April Furman said the North Carolina man plans to be in Winder over the next several days for the deconstruction and removal of the pavilion.

A press release sent out by the City of Winder when the man initially purchased the pavilion stated that the man won a bidding war for it on He paid $81 and saved the City of Winder about $7,000-$10,000 in destruction costs.

The pavilion will be reconstructed on the man’s organic farm in North Carolina, where he will use it as the starting and stopping point for educational tours of the farm.

Also at Tuesday night’s council meeting was a voting item that met with some discussion and division among the members of the council.

Councilman Travis Singley proposed an amendment to a request by owner of 197 Georgia Ave. property Andrew J. Flanigan for rezoning from a Two Family Residential Zone to a Multi-Family Residential Zone.

The proposed amendment was for paving of the driveway and parking area to the rear of the residence. Councilman Larry Evans seconded the amendment.

Councilman Bob Dixon opposed it, saying that the number of unpaved driveways versus paved driveways on Georgia Avenue is about half-and-half and the other
residences would have to be similarly addressed concerning this issue.

Councilman Sonny Morris agreed with Dixon, broadening the scope to unpaved residence driveways throughout Winder.

Singley countered their opposition, saying that setting this precedent would be beneficial and would increase the appeal of the property to prospective renters.

In the vote, the proposed amendment failed 3-2, with Dixon, Morris and Councilman Alfonza Brown opposed and Singley and Evans for the amendment.

However, the original voting item—for the rezoning of the property from a Two Family to a Multi-Family Residential Zone—was passed 3-2, with Singley and Evans opposed and Dixon, Morris and Brown for the request.


Additional notes from Tuesday night’s meeting, by Winder Chief of Police Jim Fullington:

•The Winder Police Department has continually received 300-400 more service calls each month this year compared to the same months last year.

•Safety checks by the Winder PD and the Barrow County Sheriff Department over the Fourth of July weekend resulted in 23 arrests and 112 citations.

•The Winder PD’s new Criminal Investigation Department Commander, who has 28 and a half years of law enforcement experience in Florida, starts on Thursday.



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