Pell City Council to discuss Sunday alcohol vote
by David Atchison
Jan 08, 2014 | 1712 views |  0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The Pell City Council is expected to discuss whether they support a referendum for Sunday alcohol sales at Thursday’s council work session.  The council work session starts at 4 p.m.
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The Pell City Council is expected to discuss whether they support a referendum for Sunday alcohol sales at Thursday’s council work session. The council work session starts at 4 p.m.
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PELL CITY – Mayor Joe Funderburg said a public announcement relating to Sunday alcohol sales was published prematurely in the St. Clair News-Aegis.

“It was a screw-up,” Funderburg said Wednesday. “It was my fault. I take full responsibility for it.”

The public announcement related to authorizing elections to determine whether the city would allow alcohol sold or dispensed on Sunday by properly licensed retail licenses serving the general public within Pell City.

Some city officials are hoping that legislation is introduced in the upcoming legislative session that will allow residents to vote on whether to allow Sunday liquor sales in Pell City.

Funderburg said the public announcement will not appear again in any publications unless the City Council formally votes on the matter, probably through a resolution supporting a referendum for a citywide vote on the matter.

The mayor said he was just trying to get everything in order so the city could act quickly after a formal council vote.

“I take full responsibility for this,” he said.

Funderburg said he expects the council to discuss whether to support legislation that would allow residents to vote on whether the city should allow Sunday alcohol sales at Thursday’s work session.

He said the council could vote on the matter at its regularly scheduled council meeting Monday at 10 a.m.

Tuesday night, the Riverside City Council unanimously approved advertising for a referendum on seven-day alcohol sales. The referendum will only allow Riverside residents to vote on whether to allow Sunday alcohol sales within their city.

The Lincoln City Council approved a similar resolution in December in support of a referendum to allow voters to determine whether the city should have Sunday alcohol sales.

Proponents of legislation, which would allow residents to vote for Sunday sales, say their cities need to allow seven-day sales to attract national restaurant chains.

In November, local business owners and city officials from Pell City and Riverside met with Montgomery lobbyists in an effort to get legislation passed so residents could vote on whether to allow Sunday alcohol sales in Pell City and Riverside.

Organizers said Sunday sales could help raise the bar for the quality of life for residents because seven-day sales would attract new businesses and generate additional tax revenues for their cities.

In past years, Pell City councils have approved at least two separate resolutions asking the local delegation to introduce a local bill so residents would vote on whether to have Sunday alcohol sales.

The resolutions never received the necessary full support of the local delegation.

Contact David Atchison at datchison@dailyhome.com.