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Council Overrides Mayor's Vetoes on Sunday Sales Vote, Pouring Hours

The Douglasville City Council voted unanimously to allow citizens to vote on Sunday sales and voted five-to-two allowing restaurants to pour alcohol three hours longer during the week.

The voted unanimously, during their Monday night meeting, to allow citizens to vote for or against Sunday sales on a Nov. 6 ballot referendum. The Council also voted five-to-two to allow restaurants to serve alcohol until 2 a.m. Sunday. Sunday pouring hours will also be extended from 10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The two votes overrode two vetoes made by Mayor Harvey Persons last week.

Those who voted to override the Mayor's veto on extended pouring hours were the same Council members who originally voted for the measure: Larry Yockey, Carl Pope, Samuel Davis, LaShun Burr-Danley and Doug Lequire. Those voting against were: Council members Dennis McLain and Mark Adams.

The Council's vote remained the same despite the fact that many people from the overcrowded Council chamber addressed the Council, urging them to change their vote.

Lequire addressed the Council after the meeting, saying inside the Council Chamber there was an overwhelming majority of people who opposed the alcohol measures but the opposite was true outside of the chamber.

"They were successful in creating this to be a religious issue because there were mostly pastors who were developing this thing and most people were intimidated by that," he said. "They didn't want to stand up. They were afraid it would sound like they were for alcoholics. Only a few brave souls got up and spoke at all. But outside, there was a tremendous amount of support to do this."

Both owner Neil Jenkins and owner John Freer said their two restaurants would take advantage of the new pouring hours, and stay open later, on the first day it was allowed, which will be this Saturday, May 26.

City Manager Bill Osborne confirmed that the law will go into effect immediately.

Phil Cosmos May 23, 2012 at 08:46 PM
It is my view that if alcohol is not to be sold on Sundays, then all other religions should be given the same respect; for example, the Jewish holy day starts at 6pm on Friday and ends at 6pm on Saturday. Either sell or do not sell, and if religion is the motivation, such as Sunday rather than some other day, then all religions need the same respect and treatment.
Phil Cosmos May 23, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Why is Sunday the only family day? Favoring only Christianity and forgetting all other religions seems wrong to me. If you meant "spending quality time with family" as just your free time or day off, then what about the people who have to work on Sunday, yet are off on Tuesday, or some other day?
Phil Cosmos May 23, 2012 at 09:12 PM
I agree with you about the vote Lilly, but I am offended that the law even existed in the first place. I believe it should be sold on all days or no days. How can it be OK to sell for six days, yet horrible to sell on one day? The one day chosen just happens to be the Christian holy day while all other religions are ignored. I hope it turns out that people can purchase alcohol on Sunday, for I plan on pursuing religious equality in a strong way otherwise.
leanne scott May 28, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Ok so everyone buy you alcohol on Saturday stock up for Sunday if you drink because this silly blue law is soooooo gonna stop people from drinking one day out of the week there are as many alcohol related crimes on Sunday as any other day to any intelligent person who can add knows to buy more on Saturday besides what happened to separation of church and state
Tammy Stoner June 28, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Virginia, research storm water and water damages here. i would love your help. It is very expensive for the public. It is an education problem. It is a fraud problem with the impact being ethics, morals, trust and transparency today. In either case it is a very expensive problem, and we are paying dearly, with most of us not having a clue. When we address it, we will get to be a better place. I am convinced of that. But it begins with education, and who should be doing that? I am 100% self taught. The school of hard knocks.

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