Councilman floats idea of Sunday alcohol sales

Published 7:05 pm Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Demopolis City Council may consider a resolution later this month that would allow citizens to vote whether they wanted Sunday alcohol sales inside the city.

Councilman Charles Jones Jr. floated the idea of putting Sunday sales on November’s ballot.

“[I wanted] to put it in print somewhere. It’s food for thought,” Jones said.

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Councilman Harris Nelson said business owners have told him Sunday sales would help their operations.

“Local business owners have seemed to be in support of this,” Nelson said.

If the council passed a local resolution, it would have to be supported by the Marengo County delegation in Montgomery. If it got through the Legislature, it would be put up on a statewide referendum.

In a close vote, the council made changes to the city’s personnel policy that would allow city employees to run for public office outside Demopolis.

The current policy mandates that city workers seeking any public office must take an unpaid leave of absence.

With the changes, that rule will only apply to elected or appointed public offices under the city of Demopolis.

Nelson made the resolution for the change, which was supported by Jones and Nathan Hardy. Mayor Mike Grayson and Cleveland Cole voted against the changes, while Bill Meador abstained.

The council also appointed Demopolis firm Manley, Traeger, Perry and Stapp as its temporary city counsel.

The next council meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 20 at 5:15 p.m. at Rooster Hall.