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Springfield OKs alcohol referendum
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The Springfield City Council unanimously approved a resolution to have a referendum brought to voters on liquor by the drink sales in the city.

“This is strictly a resolution asking our election superintendent, the city clerk, to call the referendum for question,” Mayor Barton Alderman said.

Councilman Butch Kieffer asked what the time line would be for the referendum to be brought to a vote.

Alderman said the resolution would have the request for the referendum sent in to be at the next possible time.

Councilman Max Neidlinger asked what the problem with finding a date was because he has heard a number of different dates. Alderman said city officials have heard different dates as well, and officials are working with the Secretary of State’s office to determine the date the referendum will be held.

The council also gave Alderman the authority to refinance the loan for the spray field it recently purchased.

“We borrowed $2.4 million until the end of the year,” Alderman said. “The end of the year is coming up, and we need to refinance this until we can roll everything into one GEFA mega loan.”

The city wants to have one loan from the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority to cover all the planned expansion and upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment facility and for the planned sprayfield.

Councilman Dennis Webb said this was just a legal thing that the council is required to pay off bank loans by the end of each year.

“I would make the stipulation that the bank refinance it at the same percentage of prime that they did on the original,” he said.