Palmetto Alcohol Question

Sunday sales back on ballot

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Two years after Palmetto narrowly voted against allowing Sunday sales of package alcohol, the question of accepting beer, wine, and liquor transactions will be on the ballot again in the Nov. 5 city election, along with a city council election.

Palmetto was the only city in the metro Atlanta area, and one of just a handful of cities and counties in the state, that rejected Sunday sales.

November 2011 was the first opportunity Georgians had to vote on the issue.

The vote then was 314-297 in Palmetto against package sales.

During the same election, Palmetto voters nevertheless approved Sunday alcohol sales by the drink by a vote of 309-298.

Palmetto City Manager Bill Shell said several stores have asked that the issue be put before voters once again.

On U.S. Hwy 29, the 29 Mini Mart, a small convenience store in Coweta County, is currently able to sell on Sunday. But just next door, a mere 10 yards away, DJ’s Grocery finds itself within the city of Palmetto, and can’t sell.

The owners of DJ's "asked us to try again," Shell said. Representatives from other stores have also inquired about when the city would put the question back before voters.

Also on the ballot will be five candidates for three seats on the Palmetto City Council. All candidates run together, while voters choose three. Incumbents Laura Mullis, Lucinda Rockemore and Gregory Rusch are being challenged by Michael Arnold and Franklin Smith.

Early voting in the Palmetto races starts Monday at city hall and will be held from 9 to 5 p.m. City elections are still done on paper ballots, not on electronic voting machines, said Shell. Palmetto residents who live in Coweta County should vote at Palmetto City Hall, not the Coweta Voter Registration Office. Palmetto City Hall is located at 509 Toombs St.

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