So­cial Circle vot­ers say yes to Sun­day al­co­hol sales

The Covington News - - Front Page - DANIELLE EVER­SON deverson@cov­news.com

So­cial Circle vot­ers said yes to Sun­day al­co­hol sales dur­ing the pri­mary elec­tion on Tues­day.

Elec­tion re­sults from the Wal­ton County Board of Elec­tions Of­fice show that 390 peo­ple (57.44 per­cent) voted yes to Sun­day pack­age al­co­hol sales and 289 peo­ple (42.56 per­cent) peo­ple voted no. When it came to al­co­hol sales by the drink, 397 peo­ple (58.90 per­cent) voted yes and 277 (41.10 per­cent) peo­ple voted no.

So­cial Circle city man­ager Doug White said he was pleased with the vote and hoped it would mean more lo­cal sales.

“We had a mer­chant here in town who had been los­ing busi­ness on the week­end be­cause stores around him were mak­ing sales,” White said. “I think it will be good for cit­i­zens. They can stay here and buy lo­cal. It saves them gas

and time. It also makes their life­style more con­ve­nient.”

White said Fresh­way Mar­ket called the city a cou­ple of times voic­ing their con­cern about their sales go­ing down. He said when other sur­round­ing cities like Mon­roe and Cov­ing­ton passed ref­er­en­dums for Sun­day al­co­hol sales, Fresh­way Mar­ket and other busi­nesses saw their sales de­cline.

He said the ques­tions for al­co­hol sales on Sun­day were sup­posed to be on the bal­lot in Novem­ber, but for some rea­son it wasn’t be­cause the ques­tions weren’t worded right.

White said he thinks the ref­er­en­dum will do well now that it has passed and thanked the vot­ers for mak­ing the de­ci­sion.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the voter turn out and we ap­pre­ci­ate peo­ple vot­ing their con­scious.”

So­cial Circle Mayor Hal Dally also agreed al­co­hol sales on Sun­day would be good for mer­chants in the city. He said it would help keep So­cial Circle on the same level as other cities.

“We need to make sure that all of our mer­chants are on equal foot­ing with sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties,” Dally said.

As far as when the mea­sure would be changed, Dally said they were work­ing quickly to make the changes.

“We will work as fast as we can to amend our or­di­nance to al­low Sun­day al­co­hol sales. We’ve got an at­tor­ney work­ing on it now. I don’t know what kind of time frame we have, but as soon as pos­si­ble,” he said.

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