Also during their meeting Thursday night, Forsyth County commissioners:
* Approved the officers’ slate for 2015. Commissioner Pete Amos will remain as chair, with Cindy Jones Mills as vice chair and Brian Tam as secretary.
* Discussed a revision to the county sign code that would allow billboards to be lowered along Ga. 400 if their owners obtain a permit from the state to cut down trees around the signs.
Since it is illegal to modify billboards in Forsyth, the commission was concerned that some may cut trees without being required to lower the sign, which is mandated by state law.
* Reviewed — but took no action — on possible changes to the county tree ordinance in regards to the critical root zone, site density factor standards and size criteria for specimen trees.
-- Kelly Whitmire
SOUTH FORSYTH — Customers waiting for a south Forsyth gas station to regain the right to sell beer are going to have to wait a lot longer.
After eight violations in a four-year span, the BP Gas Station at 1385 McFarland Parkway had its alcohol license revoked Thursday in a 5-0 vote of the Forsyth County commission. The business was already serving a 60-day suspension for selling alcohol to minors.
Since April 2010, the store’s infractions have included: four instances of selling without identification on premises; three for underage sales; and one in which a worker was cited for consuming alcohol on the job.
According to local code, the named licensee of a business should have a day-to-day role in the operation of the store. However, the licensee for the gas station lives in California.
The same licensee also owns another station that is serving a 60-day ban.
Though there was discussion to pull that license as well, the commission decided instead to send a letter to the owner. He will be asked to appear before the commission to explain why it shouldn’t be stripped.
Also during their meeting Thursday, commissioners reviewed the cases of seven other businesses that have been cited recently by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office for underage alcohol sales.
Three of those were issued two-day suspensions, while the other four received warnings.
In addition, the commission heard from employees of two recently cited businesses, who unsuccessfully attempted to appeal the 30-day suspensions of their personal alcohol sales permits.