Harlem officials opted Monday to let residents decide whether to sell packaged alcohol inside the city on Sunday.
At the City Council’s first meeting of the year, they instructed City Attorney Barry Fleming to draw up a resolution to put the Sunday sales referendum on the ballot in the July 31 primary election.
“I think we owe it to our citizens to give them a voice,” Councilman John Thigpen said.
“It shouldn’t be up to us to say yea or nay, but put it out there for the citizens to decide.”
In the November municipal election, Grovetown residents approved the resolution allowing the sale of packaged alcohol at convenience, grocery and package stores from 12:30-11:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Columbia County officials recently announced they plan to put the same referendum on the primary ballot.
Harlem officials said they waited for the primary election because they wanted a larger percentage of voters than would have likely turned out for the municipal election.
“We wanted to have a larger sampling,” Mayor Bobby Culpepper said.
Also at Monday’s monthly meeting, Columbia County Probate Judge Alice Padgett swore in the city’s newest council member, Gregg Stokes, incumbent Councilman Tom Blalock and David Sward, the city’s newly hired Harlem Department of Public Safety director