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May 22, 2013

No comment on Sunday liquor sales

MT. VERNON — No public opinion was offered during Monday’s Jefferson County Board meeting on an ordinance which would permit Sunday liquor sales.

However, at least two of the 13 Board members said they would vote against the proposal when it comes up for a vote at the June 24 meeting, and one member indicated he would support the proposal.

Doug and Vickie Webb of the Woodlawn Bar have requested their business be open on Sunday. The bar currently has a Class A license, which allows for on-site consumption. Class A licenses are also held by Woodlawn Shell, Scheller Playhouse and Bluford American Legion, although neither the Legion or Playhouse is open on Sunday.

The County Board is allowing a 30-day public comment period after concerns were raised that no public comment period was allowed when the county Liquor Commission — composed of Chairman Robert White, Sheriff Roger Mulch, and State’s Attorney Doug Hoffman — allowed a package store license at Midway Market in Bluford.

“Board member Donnie Rector asked that we have a waiting period because there are several of his constituents in his district where this establishment is that were frustrated, and we’ve changed codes and ordinances to reflect that,” White said.

“This is a little bit different because the Woodlawn Bar has brought this to us requesting this. They already have a license to sell on premise so they’re good there. What they don’t have is permission to sell on Sunday so I committed to Doug and Vickie we would discuss this, and on a 30-day public comment and bring back in June,” he continued.

An audience member alleged the Shell station was selling open liquor on Sundays, which surprised the Board since no Sunday sales have been approved.

Wayne Hicks said he has known Doug Webb for 50 years, saying, “Even though that lifestyle is not my lifestyle, Doug has the same right of business as they have in this city. It takes a lot of money to stay in business, pay the bills and overhead, and he has just as much a right as those in this community.”

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