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Montgomery Mayor Jim Higgins, right, presented local resident and businessman Sam Marsico with a plaque of appreciation at the recent meeting of Montgomery City Council.

Montgomery recognized one of its own at a recent city council meeting.

At the outset of the October meeting, Mayor Jim Higgins presented a plaque to Sam Marsico, of Marsico Brothers Concrete.

Higgins and city council members offered praise for Marsico, whose company this past spring installed a large United States of America flag at the western end of the city which has been well-received by residents and visitors alike. Marsico has also been involved in numerous other community projects.

“He’s one of those people who always assist us in whatever we’re doing,” Higgins says of Marsico.

“We know you have never said ‘No,’ ” the mayor said to Marsico. In the process, he praised Marsico’s “exemplary” actions.

“Even though the flag was something he did as a memorial to his family, he also took into consideration what it would mean to the city,” Higgins said recently. “It’s something else Montgomery will be known for.

“We felt Sam went above and beyond the call of duty.”

Also at the recent meeting, city council had the second reading and passage of a spot variance for the central business district (CBD). According to Higgins, the ordinance will permit council to consider allowing street-level apartments or townhouses in the business district.

“It will be considered on an individual basis by council if someone who owns property and they can’t find (interested) retail outlets (to occupy the space),” said Higgins. “Rather than seeing the building be empty and not productive, we will look at the possibility of granting a special permit (for the possibility of using the location for apartments).”

Higgins said the apartments should be “middle- to high-end,” something which could attract professors or other professionals.

“That takes care of a need we have in the community, and it also satisfies the owner of the property to bring a return on their investment.”

In other action, council:

- Established trick-or-treat as Thursday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. for children 12-and-under.

- Discussed the upcoming city Christmas parade, which will be staged at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6.

- Heard Mike Spaulding’s request for a license to serve alcohol in a restaurant he wants to open at the site of the former Bank Bar and Grill restaurant.

Higgins and council members discussed with Spaulding the portion of city code that prohibits the sale of alcohol past 10 p.m. and also dictates what percentage of the restaurant’s overall sales alcohol sales can constitute. Spaulding indicated he’d like to keep the restaurant open past 10 p.m., even if alcohol sales have to cease.

Council granted the alcohol license.

— E-mail: skeenan@register-herald.com

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