2018-02-14 / Front Page

Vote coming on Sunday alcohol sales

The Blakely City Council adopted a resolution at last week’s council meeting calling for a Sunday Alcohol Sales referendum.

The referendum, which will be on the May 22 election ballot, will include questions for voters.

First, the referendum will ask voters, “Shall the governing authority of the City of Blakely be authorized to permit and regulate package sales by retailers of malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.?

The second question will ask voters “Shall the governing authority of the City of Blakely be authorized to permit and regulate Sunday sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages for beverage purposes by the drink?”

Retailers allowed to serve alcohol by the drink will be restricted to those deriving at least 50 percent of their total gross from the sale of food or the rental of overnight lodging.

If approved by the voters, the city will be responsible for drafting and approving amending ordinances within 30 days of the election.

A number of citizens attended the meeting with questions and complaints about their most recent power bills.

Unable to address the bills individually at the meeting, citizens were asked to sign a list with their phone number so city personnel can call them to set appointments.

Mayor Anthony Howard stated that approximately 25 citizens who signed the list have been contacted.

He stated there were two primary causes for the number of high utility bills. First, due to an error, the billing period spanned 35 days. Second, the unusual number of severe cold days caused heating costs to soar.

The council approved a request to rezone a lot at 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. from commercial to R-2 to allow replacement of a mobile home.

The council also approved a request by Dewana Fields for a conditional use at 399 North Main Street. The location has been used in the past for assisted living and child daycare.

The council heard a complaint about poor visibility at night on South Church Street. The mayor noted the striping on the street will be repainted.

The council adopted a new travel policy regulating how employees and elected officials are compensated for travel expenses.

In response to issues being experienced by several citys across the state, the council adopted a resolution in opposition to de-annexation legislation to create new municipalities.

The council also approved a request to put out RFPs for audit firms and purchased a garbage truck for $154,459 from Ingram Equipment Co.

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