Voters to decide Sunday sales


Chatsworth voters will decide if they want beer and wine sold by the package on Sundays, thanks to a unanimous vote of the city council on Monday.

Council voted to hold a referendum on Sunday package sales on Election Day on Nov. 3.

City voters will have to cast their referendum ballots at Chatsworth City Hall, while still voting at the Murray County Recreation Center in the General Election. The city requested the referendum be added to the General Election ballot but was turned down by the county.

“Eton holds its own elections and Chatsworth holds its own elections,” Sampson said.

Councilman Fred Welch said the special election could cost the town $10,000.

Mayor K.W. Gong said that if the referendum is approved, Sunday alcohol sales would begin in January.

Councilman Rhett Griffin said he had no plans to argue publicly for or against Sunday sales but thought it important to “let the voters decide.”

“We have been hearing from a lot of people, including from Food City and Ingles, who wanted us to do this,” said Griffin. “Store owners say they are losing a lot of money.”

Griffin pointed out that Eton allows package sales on Sunday.

“I’m all about letting the voters decide it,” he said.


Coronavirus cash

The city has received $67,000 in federal funds that have to be spent on COVID-19-related expenses, said Mayor K.W. Gong.

Gong told The Times some of that money has already been spent.

“We have to decide how we are going to spend the rest of it and get that paperwork in,” he said.

Gong said there is an additional $153,000 in federal money the city could receive, but plans on how it would be spent must be submitted for approval to the federal government by Sept. 1. He said bids must be collected for any projects to be paid for with the money by Sept. 1.

“That’s not much time,” Gong said. “It’s kind of crazy, but we are working on it.”

In other action:

* Council discussed briefly but declined to offer its support for a new state-recommended protocol calling for the wearing of face coverings at City Hall and at other city-owned properties.

* Council voted 4-0 to approve a malt beverage and distilled spirits license for La Fiesta Mexicana Restaurant (owned by Gustavo Villareal Cabrera) at 1422 Green Rd.

* Council voted 4-0 to appoint Rhett Griffin vice-chairman of the Housing Authority Board.


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