City Manager Bill Osborne sent out a memo to Douglasville restaurants on Thursday afternoon that read: "The City Council on Monday night May 7, adopted an ordinance to extend alcohol serving hours on Saturday until 2 a.m. Sunday. Please be advised this change WILL NOT be effective this Saturday - Sunday, May 12 - 13, 2012. You will be notified early next week of the status of the change approved on May 7 by the City Council." (The memo is attached to this article.)
"Some (restaurants) may have assumed it was okay to go ahead and start serving during the extended hours," Osborne said. "We didn't want them opening up and getting in trouble with the law."
Osborne said the Mayor has not yet informed him of his decision. The Mayor has not yet returned the phone call from Douglasville Patch.
The Council voted five to two on May 7 to allow Douglasville restaurants to pour alcohol on Sundays until 2 a.m. Under the current law, Douglasville restaurants have to stop serving alcohol at midnight on Saturday.
According to the City's charter, the Mayor has three choices available to him within the week after the Council's initial vote, Osborne said. They are:
- Sign the measure the Council approved on May 7.
- Veto the measure the Council approved on May 7.
- Take no action.
If the Mayor vetoes the measure, the Council has the right to attempt to override the mayor's veto during their next voting meeting on May 21, according to Osborne. In order to be approved, there needs to be at least five Council members who vote for the ordinance, the same number who originally approved the measure last week.
During that meeting, those who voted for extending hours were Council members Larry Yockey, Carl Pope, Samuel Davis, LaShun Burr-Danley and Doug Lequire. Those voting against were: Council members Dennis McLain and Mark Adams.
If the Mayor takes no action before 7:30 p.m. tonight, the ordinance will automatically go into effect.