BHCC barrels

Ryan Turnage, one of Barrel House Coffee Company’s four owners, stands in front of whiskey and bourbon barrels where coffee beans are being aged before their roasting.

Barrel House Coffee is now one step closer to making its plans of serving coffee with liqueurs mixed in a reality after actions taking by the Ball Ground City Council at Thursday night’s meeting.

The council held its second reading of Barrel House’s application Thursday night and unanimously approved the reading. With this application having been approved by the city council, the city will now be able to issue the coffee shop a city license to serve what Barrel House owner Ryan Turnage described as “coffee cocktails,” although city manager Eric Wilmarth said the coffee shop will still need to obtain its state license before it can begin making and selling these drinks.

“This will definitely make our coffee house a unique one in the county,” Mayor Rick Roberts said.

The city council also approved a pair of tax millage rates for property within the city. Currently, the millage rate for the city’s general fund sits at five mills. With the increase in property value throughout the city, the council discussed during its June meeting considering rolling back the millage rate to 4.707 mills, which would essentially keep the amount of tax money collected the same as last year. Thursday night, the council unanimously passed a motion approving rolling back the millage rate to 4.707. Along with this, the council approved a motion, accepting the latest millage rate of 3.269, set by the county government, for the county fire fund.

The Ball Ground City Council also took action on the following items:

♦ A motion to approve a memorandum of understanding with the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad was approved. Under this understanding, the city would no longer have an annual cash requirement to the agency, and should the Ball Ground Police Department grow enough in the future, they would be welcome to place an officer on the squad, although the city would be responsible for all related costs.

♦ Council member Mickey O’Malley was recognized for his commitment to continuing his education in the public service field, having completed 72 hours’ worth of classes on local government topics.

♦ Roberts said the recently formed historic preservation committee will hopefully be able to gather all of its members together in August and have something for the council to consider by the end of the year.

♦ During his presentation, Wilmarth said the Valley Streetscape project was holding firm and would resume in October, all five parcels needing to be acquired for the Roberts Lake project are under contract, paving on Kilby Street was completed, estimates were being prepared for paving Chestnut Street, Dixie Lane and Billy Lane and a project to replace a drain at the intersection of Dixie Lane and Billy Lane was underway. He explained progress was being made to solve the issue of storm water runoff in the Sage Hill community, as well as on the development of boat ramps on the Etowah River at Highway 372 and a notice to proceed had been issued for the Flatbottom Road Water Line extension. Lastly, he mentioned that the recently demonstrated online mapping system of city information was up and running on the city’s website, although additional information was still being added.

♦ A presentation from Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Chief Tim Prather was postponed until the council’s August meeting.

The next meeting of the Ball Ground City Council will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8.