“It’s an economic development tool,” Mayor Bud Kitchin said after the council unanimously approved the resolution that will presumably be forwarded to the local state delegation.
Kitchin said larger businesses, specifically national casual dining chains, will not come to Lincoln unless there are seven-day sales.
“They have already said if you don’t have (alcohol) sales on Sundays we are not coming to your city,” he said. “This is about the recruitment of restaurants and businesses.”
The resolution requests that a local bill be introduced and passed by the Talladega County legislative delegation during the 2014 regular session, allowing a referendum so voters can determine whether properly licensed retail licensees may sell alcoholic beverages on Sunday.
“Whereas, by passing this resolution, the City Council is not asking any of the Talladega County legislative delegation to personally support Sunday alcohol sales, only to allow the voters to have an opportunity to make that decision,” the resolution states.
Kitchin said Weaver and Anniston experienced a surge in business because of Sunday sales.
He said to the east of Lincoln, there are efforts in Piedmont and Jacksonville for Sunday sales and to the west business owners in Pell City and Riverside have engaged a Montgomery lobbyist to help bring about a referendum for seven-day alcohol sales.
“We could be sitting here with nothing,” Kitchin said.
In other matters at Tuesday night’s meeting, the council:
• Recognized Larry Ward, who retired as the city’s municipal judge. Ward was presented a proclamation for his 36 years of service as a financial advisor and municipal court judge for the city. A reception was held in honor of Ward after the council meeting.
• Approved an amended ordinance pertaining to business licenses. Kitchin said the ordinance will change business license fees. He said some business license fees will decrease, while some business licenses will increase.
• Appointed William Hollingsworth IV as the city prosecutor for a term of 18 months.
• Appointed George Sims as the city public defender for a term of 18 months.
• Announced the council will hold a council work session at 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 19.
• Announced the council will reschedule the regularly scheduled council meeting for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, to another date. That Tuesday night is Christmas Eve.
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