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Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Auburn Plainsman

Community A7

Council talks money for some of its own Ashtyne Cole

Community Reporter

The Auburn City Council helped another restaurant rise with the approval of a liquor license for upcoming Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint. Prior, at the Committe of the Whole, the council discussed Mayor Bill Ham’s salary. Ward 6 councilmember Dick Phelan brought up potentially raising Ham’s salary. The council cited his current salary to be around $16,000. Ham declined the idea and said he didn’t do his job for the money. The council granted the new pizza joint’s liquor license. The restaurant describes itself as “a tra-

ditional pizza joint where classic meets contemporary, and friends meet friends.” The restaurant intends to mainly sell beer and wine at the new location. According to City Manager Charlie Duggan,the restaurant will be in the new CVS shopping center on South College. “We’ve heard the new CVS is doing very well,” Ham said. “It is in walking distance from campus so I believe the new pizza restaurant will also do well.” According to Ward 4 councilmember Brent Beard, the actual owner of the restaurant must be investigated before approval of a liquor license is granted. The Council intends to look into the license further. “Sometimes when a restaurant is seeking

approval of a license we run into a problem,” Duggan said. “In the last few years two or three business owners have violated the law in some way and we cannot grant them a permit.” The application for the liquor license has Michael Dichiara as the main contact person. According to Duggan, the license will be handed over quickly and in time for the grand opening of the restaurant. “Just like Jim ‘N Nick’s, I believe Uncle Maddio’s Pizza joint will be a great new addition to the city of Auburn,” Councilmember Gene Dulaney said. Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint location will be at 339 Suite F S. College St. Maddio’s is based out of Atlanta.

From the desk of:

Becky Richardson

Director of Parks and Recreation for the city of Auburn • As warmth begins to spring, Parks and Recreation’s Spring Calendar will begin. - The Love Your Heart 5k Run’s 25th anniversary will be Feb. 22 beginning at 7:30 a.m. - Easter Egg Hunt on April 19 at 10 a.m. - City Fest the last Saturday in April • The new Parks and Recreation campus comprising the Frank Brown Recreation Center, the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center and the Hubert and Grace Harris Senior Center off Perry Street near completion. Shortly, the department will hold an open house of the three rennovated buildings to show citizens the new fitness and gathering rooms. Richardson said:

“It’s going to be nice.”

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The repainting of the downtown Tiger Paw will be rescheduled later in February due to cold weather.

The Public Works Design and Construction manual was amended. The Water Resource Management and Design and Construction Manual was also amended.

The Council approved the Public Works Department request to purchase one 2014 Ford F-150 Crew Cab Truck. The cost is $48,503.24 and will be purchased from Stivers Ford Lincoln.

Councilmember Arthur Dowdell was approved a cash advance to travel to the National League of Cities Congressional Cities Conference on March 8 to the 12. The trip cost $1,215.

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Police reports syndicated by the city of Auburn

Sunday, Feb. 2, the Auburn Police Division arrested Deonta Brooks, 33 of Auburn, for discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling, according to a Feb. 3 police report. No one was struck or injured. At approximately 5:36 p.m. Sunday, police responded to a “shots fired” call at a residence in the 100 block of East University Drive. As officers arrived, they were informed that an uninvited guest, later identified as Brooks, arrived at the

residence and asked to come inside. The guest was denied entry into the apartment and was asked to leave. Minutes later a gunshot was fired into the residence, striking a wall. Officers located Brooks a short time after and evidence located at his residence connected him to the incident. Brooks was taken into custody and later transported to the Lee County Jail, where he will be eligible for a $5,000 bond.

Tuesday, Feb. 4, the Auburn Police Division arrested Marquavious Boler, 23 of Opelika, on charges of third-degree burglary and first-degree theft of property and Max Cooper, 24 of Auburn, on charges of receiving stolen property second degree, according to a Feb. 5 police report. The arrests stem from burglary investigation occurring at a residence in the 9100 block of Lee Road 54.

The APD said the victim told them an unknown individual forced entry and stole assorted property, such as electronic devices valued at more than $2,700. Opelika Police contacted Boler and Cooper during a traffic stop and property taken from the burglary was located within the vehicle. Both were taken into custody and are at the Lee County Detention Facility.

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