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Grovetown council takes first step toward Sunday package alcohol sales

Posted: November 15, 2011 - 1:34pm  |  Updated: November 15, 2011 - 4:50pm

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Grovetown officials took the first step Monday toward legalizing Sunday packaged alcohol sales at the monthly City Council meeting.
Voters in the Nov. 8 municipal election approved a referendum to allow the sales of packaged alcohol, including beer, wine and liquor, at grocery, convenience and liquor stores on Sundays.
City Council members held the first of two required public readings of an amendment to the current alcohol sales ordinance. The amendment repeals the section of the ordinance banning packaged sales on Sundays and states that licensed establishments can sell alcohol 12:30-11:30 p.m. on Sundays.
Also at the meeting, city officials approved the final reading of an ordinance requiring anyone soliciting or collecting donations in public areas, including streets and street corners, to acquire a permit from the city.
Officials created the ordinance to prevent unauthorized groups and “scams.”
City council members also upheld a decision by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission to deny a zoning request from the owner of 103 Haynie Drive to change the zoning from residential to duplex residential. Officials agreed with commission members that the zoning did not fit with the city’s comprehensive plan.

The second reading of the ordinance is expected to be Dec. 12; Sunday sales would then be allowed in licensed stores inside the city of Grovetown as early as Dec. 18.

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