Vote banning alcohol at Macon's Rosa Parks Square postponed to seek public comment

Former Macon Mayor C. Jack Ellis talked to Bibb County Commissioners on Tuesday about banning alcohol sales at Rosa Parks Square in downtown Macon.

A Bibb County commission committee postponed a vote Tuesday on a proposed ordinance to ban alcohol in downtown Macon's Rosa Parks Square.

The ordinance, sponsored by Commissioner Elaine Lucas, was tabled so commissioners could hear from the public about the matter.

Former Mayor C. Jack Ellis addressed the commission during their committee meeting Tuesday. He told them that when he worked to have the park named after the civil rights icon, he told trustees of Parks' estate that alcohol would not be allowed there. "It will be a place of reflection ... not a beer hall," he said.

Ellis and about a dozen protestors were at the park a couple of weeks ago, a day before a beer festival was held in the park. Ellis said he has had conversations with Macon Mayor Robert Reichert about his concerns about alcohol in the park, but he said those concerns were ignored. 

Commissioner Scotty Shepherd requested that the matter be tabled so commissioners could hear from those who might oppose banning alcohol in Rosa Parks Square. Commissioner  Larry Schelsinger agreed with Shepherd.

Commissioners Gary Bechtel and Mallory Jones disagreed with tabling the matter. Commissioner Al Tillman broke the tie voting to postpone the vote.

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