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Covington quick hits: O-Zone, yard waste
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The Covington City Council approved Monday an alcohol license for O-Zone Bar and Grill, which has changed ownership from Roy Mote to Joe and Rob Holdings Corporation.

- The council also approved the first reading of an ordinance which says that property owners must place their yard waste on their property on city right-of-way abutting a street. Yard waste should not be placed on the street nor should it be placed on another person's property.

As with most city ordinances, enforcement of the yard waste ordinance will be largely dependent on complaints and faces the same penalties as all city ordinances, a maximum $1,000 fine.

- The council also unanimously denied a special-use permit for a community living arrangement facility, which would have housed mentally or physically disabled persons, in the Sterling Lake neighborhood.

Although the facility met all of the city's requirements, fellow neighborhood residents were against the business because it violated the covenants of the homeowners' association. Covenants are private agreements and are not factored into city law, but council members expressed concerns with the facility and voted down the permit application.

- The council did approve the demolition of a commercial building located at 3196 Washington St., which is located just west of the intersection of Washington and West streets. The building is owned by businessman Jimmy Clark Jr., who agreed to allow it be demolished after declining to take any action himself.

The city approved the low bid for demolition of $29,595 from Allied Recycling Roll Off & Demolition in Conyers. The property will have a lien placed on it in that amount, which will be paid back to the city when the property is sold.