The Sandy Springs City Council unanimously voted March 17 to change the Board of Zoning Appeals to the Board of Appeals and consolidated zoning and construction appeals functions under one citizen board.

The change comes after the Board of Construction Appeals was disbanded in January. That board had met only three times since 2006, and its cases will now be handled by the unified Board of Appeals.

The council also voted unanimously to:

• Amend the city’s Code of Ordinances to make it legal with a valid event permit to drink alcohol on streets, sidewalks, alleyways, parking areas or other city property. The city is also planning an Internet application system to make it easier to apply for event permits.

•Authorize City Manager John McDonough to approve a contract with the “lowest qualified bidder” for intersection improvements at Dunwoody Club Drive and Spalding Drive. The project, which was advertised to contractors Feb. 24, will consist of a new right-turn lane on westbound Spalding Drive. Bids were received by the city March 17, and the project is expected to take 120 days once it begins.

• Allow the construction of an 8,770-square-foot addition to the existing Lutheran Church of the Apostles on Glenridge Drive and grant a use permit to allow the existing day care center.

• Allow Paramount Real Estate Services to install an additional driveway at the Mount Vernon Medical Center on Mount Vernon Highway.