Crawford, Roberta to vote on Sunday alcohol sales

wcrenshaw@macon.comOctober 22, 2012 

Crawford County and Roberta voters will decide whether to climb onto the Sunday alcohol sales bandwagon.

Many counties in the midstate and across Georgia already have approved the sale of Sunday package sales after the state opened the door to end the long-standing tradition of no alcohol sales on Sunday.

Now, in separate referendums, voters in Crawford County and the city of Roberta will decide Nov. 6 whether to allow Sunday sales. Voters who live outside of Roberta will have the referendum on the same ballot as the general election, but the Roberta referendum will be a separate city election.

That means some city voters may have to go to one location to vote in the referendum and another to vote in the presidential election.

Even voters who will cast ballots for both at the same location will go to a different room for each and go through a separate voting process.

Roberta residents who are unsure where they will vote in the referendum can call City Hall at 836-3119.

Chuck Evans, president of the Roberta-Crawford County Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber hasn’t taken a position on the referendum, but he believes it will be close.

“The way I’m hearing, it’s kind of about 50/50 right now,” he said.

Many of the businesses that sell alcohol have lost sales since some surrounding counties approved Sunday sales, Evans said.

County Commission Chairman Dean Fripp said he is leaning toward voting no, but he and the other commissioners voted to allow the referendum.

“I’m not a drinker, and I don’t drink at all, but it’s not up to us to legislate what the county does,” he said. “Let’s let the people of the county make their own decision.”

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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