October 15, 2013

Dalton moves to allow distillery downtown

From Staff Reports

— A potential change in Dalton’s zoning ordinance would bring a local distillery a step closer to beginning production.

Dalton City Council members voted 3-0 to approve the change on the condition the proposed ordinance has already been approved by the city’s planning commission. Otherwise, the change will be approved at the November council meeting, Dalton Mayor David Pennington said.

“A person wants to distill spirits downtown, but it’s not zoned for that,” said City Administrator Ty Ross. “We are adjusting it so they can open if they want.”

The distillery, Dalton Distillers, at 109 E. Morris St., will share its location with Old Moonshiners, a museum and retail store.

Also at the council meeting, council members voted 3-0 to approve an application for a Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant with the Georgia Department of Transportation for 2014 to resurface Tibbs Road from West Emery to Shugart Road, and Abutment Road from near the Callahan Road intersection to Industrial Boulevard.

Both projects would cost an estimated $656,533 and the Department of Transportation would fund $264,000 of that. The rest would come from the local budget.

Council member Denise Wood did not attend the meeting and Pennington usually only votes to break ties.