Come November, Auburn residents will decide if alcohol sales are legal on Sundays within the city limits.
The Auburn City Council Thursday voted unanimously to approve Alcohol Referendum Resolution SB10, allowing local voters to decide whether Sunday beer and wine sales by a retailer will take place in the city.
The referendum on the general election ballot will read:
“Shall the governing authority of the City of Auburn, Georgia, be authorized to permit an regulate package sales by retailers of both malt beverages and wine on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.?”
Following a 40-minute closed session to discuss property, the council took no action.
In other business, the council received recommendations:
• to approve a $10,000 contract with Pittman Construction, out of Lithonia, and a $5,600 contract with SoilTek Solutions, out of Norcross, to complete the ball field project by a June 24 deadline. According to the city’s Parks and Leisure Services Director, the initial May deadline for the completion of the Pony league field was postponed due to additional rock drilling that needed to be completed to meet state requirements. The project is funded by SPLOST.
• to approve engineering services and construction costs associated with drainage improvements at Sue Lane in the amount of $28,266 and at Governors Ridge in the amount of $38,126.
• to approve revised job descriptions in writing for the city.
• to approve a proposal to proceed with a $10,800 project to close Williams Street and realign the intersection of Mount Moriah Road and Third Avenue.
• to approve hiring a contractor to repair and reinforce the Burel Park Gazebo.
• to approve a revised contract for inspection services with North Metro Building Inspection Service to ass a $45 fee for a second location during multiple inspections on the same day. The contract also reflects an approved increase in utility permits from $75 to $100.
• to approve a concept for construction of a sidewalk connecting the north side of Fourth Avenue and Mt. Moriah Road to Auburn-County Line Road for an estimated cost of $34,500.
• to approve an offsite server agreement with Virtual Office Advantage, out of Columbia, S.C., at an estimated cost of $177 per computer, and then allow the mayor and city attorney to finalize the agreement. A further recommendation requests that council approve donating its old computers to the Auburn Library, provided it approves the new service.
• to approve the removal of distance requirements of alcohol sales for restaurants.
• to approve a new contract with Phillips State Prison at the rate of $39,500.
• to approve negotiations for possible partnership with I9 Sports, a youth sport programming organization out of Florida.
Read the full story in the June 22 issue of the Barrow Journal.