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Prattville club not welcomed by nearby business owners

Club BTS on Cobbs Ford Road in Prattville now open after nearby business owners fight to keep them from getting lounge license. Club BTS on Cobbs Ford Road in Prattville now open after nearby business owners fight to keep them from getting lounge license.

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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - It's only been open a week, but it's a week too long for Dr. Kim Kornegay.

"I, and most of the citizens of this community do not want a bar or a lounge," he says.

Kornegay's dental office is right behind Club BTS--a new sports bar on Cobbs Ford Road in Prattville.

He says he doesn't want the club there because it could bring " the drunken driving, the fighting, the police calls."

That's why he went before the Prattville City Council.

He urged them them to appeal a judge's ruling that granted the club a lounge license in September.

It was a license city council members had denied a month earlier.

"I just felt like it was going to start down a road that would have more of those come to Prattville," says City Council President, Dean Argo.

Attorneys for Club BTS say when the council originally turned them down they had no choice but to sue the city in circuit court.

Their suit claimed "the city had been arbitrary and capricious in denying approval of the license."

The circuit judge sided with the club saying "the denial was arbitrary and capricious."

City council members say they voted to deny the license based on their constituents' feelings--residents, business owners and professionals like Kornegay.

But - for now - they're not appealing the court's decision.

"I think the majority of the council felt that based on what the attorney told us it could be a very lengthy and very costly process," says Argo.

But Kornegay says he's fighting as hard as he can.

"I've done everything I can do and that's what I was taught to do when I felt like something was wrong.  I try to right it."

The city council has 42 days from the date of the ruling to appeal it.

Members say they can bring it up again at the next city council meeting.  That's the last chance they'll have to do it before the 42 days run out.

Council members say they have historically voted against other lounge licenses.

Their next meeting is November 3rd.

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