published Monday, April 8th, 2013

Fort Oglethorpe voters to decide Sunday sales in November

Now it’s in the voters’ hands.

The Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., City Council on Monday night voted to put the question of Sunday alcohol sales on the November ballot.

Newly elected City Councilman Clay Kissner put two measures on Monday's agenda. One resolution will let voters decide on sales of beer, wine and liquor by the glass. The companion resolution will let residents vote on package sales of beer and wine.

“I’ve looked at this from every angle,” he said. “Moral, economic.”

Kissner cited the recent de-annexation by the Georgia Assembly of 42 acres of prime real estate on Battlefield Parkway from Fort Oglethorpe and into Catoosa County, whose voters in November approved Sunday sales.

“I feel like there’s plenty more [de-annexations] to come,” Kissner said.

Councilmen Kissner, and Earl Gray supported Sunday sales, while Louis Hamm and Johnnie “Red” Smith were opposed.

Mayor Lynn Long cast two tie-breaking votes — his first votes since becoming mayor in 2010 — to put Sunday sales on the ballot.

See more in tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Tim Omarzu...

Tim Omarzu covers education for the Times Free Press. Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California.

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