Downtown church gets OK

Published 8:38 pm Friday, October 22, 2010

The Bainbridge City Council voted Tuesday to allow a vacant downtown building to be used for an outreach ministry.

The council voted 5-1, with Councilwoman Roslyn Palmer voting no, to approve a conditional use request from Winston Rollins, who owns property at 340 N. Broad St.

City Planner Dustin Dowdy had recommended denial of the request because Rollins’ church/ministry was “not in harmony with the original intent of the store front buildings in the Central Business District.”

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Councilwoman Palmer expressed concern that approving the request might lead to more churches in the CBD, instead of businesses.

Other business

In other business, the council approved a resolution recognizing National Hospice Month and encouraged citizens to trick-or-treat on Saturday, Oct. 30. The city will hold its “Pumpkins in the Park” mini-festival in Willis Park from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Bids and Bills

Bills: $27,121.75 from Decatur County Commissioners for inmate and landfill charges for September 2010; $15,000 from East Coast Pyrotechnics of Catawba, S.C., for 2011 July 4th fireworks.

Bids: $20,125.70 from J.E. Sharber Oil Company of Bainbridge for oil and transmission fluid; $6,249.85 from Crawford and Sons Oil Company of Quincy, Fla., for oil and transmission fluid; $45,110.35 from Plantation Petroleum of Thomasville, Ga., for oil and transmission fluid; $6,500 from NTS of Thomasville, Ga., for one-year equipment coverage associated with fiber optics network; $14,017.75 from BadgerMeter of Milwaukee, Wis., for New Orion integral gas transmitters retro fit; $3,782 from Universal Concepts of Cumming, Ga., for 18 four-foot wreaths with bows for downtown Christmas decorations; and $4,200 from Downtown Graphics Network of Salisbury, N.C., for Christmas banners, Main Street banners and hardware sets associated with Christmas decorations.