2012-04-11 / Front Page

City voters to decide Sunday alcohol sales

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News Editor

City of Millen voters will have the opportunity to decide whether or not the sale of beer and wine may take place on Sundays within the city limits. Millen City Council approved a motion to put the matter on the ballot in the form of a referendum during the next General Election, which will be Nov. 6, 2012.

The request was brought before council by local business owners, Dale Wiggins and Mark Schwonke. During a discussion of the matter, it was noted that the city was losing tax revenue as local citizens were now traveling to surrounding communities to purchase alcoholic beverages on Sunday. The Georgia General Assemble passed a bill last year permitting local communities to put the matter before voters.

City Attorney Hubert Reeves III informed council that since the city had purchased additional property at the waste water treatment plant, he recommended that all the property be surveyed and combined into one plat prior to executing annexation procedures. Council approved the employment of a surveyor to do so.

In other matters, City Manager Lamar Faircloth explained the need for 12 sets of turn-out gear for firefighters, noting that the purchase could be paid with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax V revenue. The purchase was approved.

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