Grayson Council Calls for Referendum on Sunday Retail Sales Of Alcohol
The Grayson City Council voted unanimously Monday to put the issue of Sunday retail sales of wine and malt beverages on the ballot in November.
Grayson became the latest city in Georgia to let voters decide on whether to allow for the retail sale of wine and malt beverages in the city limits on a Sunday.
In a unanimous vote Monday, Grayson council members approved an ordinance that allows for voters to have their say in November on whether retail establishments can sell beer, wine or other malt beverages on a Sunday.
“This same ordinance provides that should it fail, it will become null and void, and if it passes, the ordinance will be in place and the alcohol ordinance will be amended automatically,” said Grayson Mayor Jim Hinkle. “This is because of everything the legislature did.”
Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill into law in April that allows for local municipalities to hold a referendum of whether to allow the retail sale of wine and malt beverages on a Sunday. Loganville became the first municipality to call for the referendum and many cities followed suit. Loganville also voted to call for a separate referendum on whether to allow the sale of liquor-by-the-drink on a Sunday. Grayson already allows for pouring of alcohol on a Sunday.
The city also called for the November election and appointed election officers. The mayor’s seat and Post 2, currently held by Councilwoman Allison Wilkerson Rooks, and Post 4, currently held by appointee Councilwoman Katie Mitchell, are up for re-election. The mayor has already made it official that his name will be on the ballot to hold onto his seat. City elections will be on Nov. 8. Qualifying is Aug. 29 – 31 at Grayson City Hall.
Citizens from the cities of Grayson, Loganville and Snellville have been invited to join potential candidates at a meet and greet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Summit Country Club in Snellville. The event is being organized by the Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce.