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Trinity to reexamine pool table ordinance

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com 340-2438

TRINITY — Trinity business partners Al Alsamawi and Sam Mozeb want to put in an arcade and pool tables in a building next door to Big Al's Grocery on Old Alabama 24.

Alsamawi has run the store, formerly Jeff's Grocery, for two months. Mozeb has operated Big Sam's grocery store on Old Moulton Road for three years. Both appeared Monday before the Trinity Town Council.

Mayor Vaughn Goodwin told them an arcade would be no problem, but a 1968 ordinance prohibits pool tables.

Alsamawi said he would let only youngsters 18 and under into the game room and that he would supervise it.

"No longer would parents have to drop their children off at Funland in Decatur," he said. "They could keep them in Trinity."

Councilman Bruce Sparkman and Goodwin said they remember going to Funland and playing pool as youngsters.

Councilman Richard Fortson said the town will have to change the ordinance before anyone can establish a business that includes pool tables. Goodwin said he also wants to examine what state law says about them.

The council agreed to consider a vote on changing the ordinance at the next meeting.

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