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Forest Park City Council meets tonight

Forest Park City Council meets tonight in regular session and is expected to re-visit the request for an alcohol license by two businesses whose doors were closed in January.

The requests from officials representing Pink Pony South and Crazy Horse Saloon were tabled at the March 5 meeting. City Attorney Joe Harris met with Council in a closed session that night and advised members on the delay.

The two businesses operated for years as Clayton County's only strip clubs. However, Council has taken steps to dilute the clubs to bikini bars that serve alcohol and food but provide no nudity. In December, a hearing officer recommended that the licenses be pulled based on evidence of illegal activities taking place in both clubs.

City Manager John Parker recommended in January that business licenses for both clubs be denied and the doors were closed Jan. 16.

Harris told attorneys for the clubs they will be given time to plead their cases for the alcohol licenses.

In other agenda items:

-- Edie Yongue with Keep Forest Park Beautiful will present the Business Beautification Award.

-- Council will hear a request for a beer license for White Shoe Inc., for Best Food Mart at 4666 Jonesboro Road, Suite 102.

-- Council will consider a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute a license agreement with the Forest Park Braves for the use of Lockhart Field from March 21 through Sept. 30, to conduct baseball games and practice.

-- Council will consider an ordinance authorizing the mayor to sign and accept a Community Economic Adjustment Planning Assistance Grant for 2011 and 2012 from the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment for the purpose of preparing an outreach and comprehensive Reuse Plan for Fort Gillem.

-- Council will consider a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute the development and disposition agreement by and between the Forest Park/Fort Gillem Implementation Local Redevelopment Authority and the Forest Park Development Partners LLC.

-- Council will consider an ordinance to amend the alcohol beverages ordinance to provide for an appeal and a hearing after a license has been denied, suspended or revoked.

The work session portion of the meeting starts at 6 p.m. with the regular session following at 7 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public and held at City Hall in Forest Park.