Residents concerned with safety of Masonic Lodge

Published 12:01 pm Wednesday, March 1, 2006

By By MARY-ALLISON LANCASTER – Managing editor
A citizen concerned about activities that occur at the Masonic Lodge asked City Council members Tuesday night if there was anything in they could do to alleviate problems that have been reportedly occurring for several years.
She said her son was taken to the emergency room with several broken bones and missing teeth. She said that the DJ who was playing at the party reported that during the assault there was not an adult inside the building.
It was not reported whether alcohol was a factor in the assault.
According to city officials, there have been several complaints filed with the police department, and city minutes indicate that citizens have brought up concerns regarding the Lodge that date back to Jan. 8, 2002.
According to City Attorney Ed Hines, the Masonic Lodge is a private institution chartered from the Masonic temple. Hines said that since the Lodge operates like a business, it would require a business license, which it does not have.
The location of the Lodge is currently not zoned for businesses.
According to Brewton Police Chief Monte McGougin, residents have complained about noise and parking.
The assault at the Lodge is the first reported to the department.
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