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Posted: Thursday, October 4th 2012 at 9:20pm

Warning sirens coming to Flowery Branch

By Marc Eggers Staff
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City Planner James Riker
FLOWERY BRANCH – Three new storm warning systems are in the works for the city of Flowery Branch, part of a fund-matching grant provided by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

According to City Planner James Riker, $25,000 in matching funds had been approved for sirens which he said would be installed in the Sterling on The Lake Subdivision, at Alberta Banks Park, and adjacent to the downtown water tower.

"Our application had been accepted," Riker explained. "We just need to submit a little more documentation."


Best Buy Quality Foods sits in a half-century old building at a prime Flowery Branch location: the intersection of Atlanta Highway and Phil Neikro Boulevard.

On September 19th the store’s proprietor, Mazhir Ali Siddiqui, was arrested and charged with possessing and selling synthetic marijuana. Flowery Branch Interim Police Chief David Spillers said 90 packages of the outlawed substance were confiscated from the premises.

Siddiqui and a relative were the financial investors in “SS Best Buy Quality Foods, LLC”, providing 100 percent of the venture capital for the enterprise. A third partner, Ghulam Ahmed, was the individual who owned the building, the land, and secured the business licenses.

Ahmed told the City Council that he had know the Siddiquis for only a week or two before deciding to partner with them, was not related, and had no involvement in the day-to-day operations of the convenience store.

Ahmed said when he learned that the Siddiquis were selling synthetic marijuana he tried to break their business agreement after their refusal to stop selling the banned substance.

The three-way business arrangement was terminated, the Siddiquis are under indictment, and now Ahmed wants to start over.

He asked for the City Council to hold off on their decision to revoke the business license and shut down the store. Such an action would require a one-year waiting period before Ahmed could reapply for another license.

With the Council’s consent Ahmed promised to return the next morning, apply for a new business license under another name, and pledge not to allow the store to return to its former situation.

Councilman Damon Gibbs said he had a hard time understanding how a business license was issued to Ahmed in the first place since he had no involvement in the business operations.

"I’m stuck on the fact," Gibbs said, "you’re working under a license that should never have been issued in the first place."

The Council agreed unanimously to delay their decision, revisiting the situation in two weeks, while closely monitoring Ahmed’s actions until then.

"If he does what he is supposed to, all this goes away," Mayor Mike Miller told Ahmed’s attorney.

Ahmed smiled, nodding his consent.

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