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BOC asks for alcohol sales ballot
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The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to put the question of Sunday alcohol sales on the March 6 ballot during their Tuesday morning meeting.

The BOC voted unanimously to put before voters the referendum on allowing package sales on Sundays by retailers of package malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits in Rockdale County.

Commissioner Oz Nesbitt made the motion and Commissioner JaNice Van Ness seconded it, after asking a question concerning a possible time limit. County Clerk Jennifer Rutledge said that the county could look into adding restrictions if the resolution was passed.

The commissioners opened the question up to public discussion before voting.

"I have received majority of emails from people who want to see it go on the ballot and some who do not want to see it on the ballot," Rockdale County Chairman Richard Oden said. "Our responsibility is to see it goes to the citizens."

Three citizens stood up for public comment after the commissioners' discussions and all, whether for or against it, said they felt it should go to a public vote.

Rutledge then asked if the effective date would be in conjunction with a possible vote from the city, and Nesbitt replied that the county should not wait on Conyers.

"The city of Conyers approached the issue long before we did and they did not make a decision," Nesbitt said. "Why don't we let them follow suit with whatever we are going to do, instead of following them.

"It would be nice if we had parallel decision making to his whole issue. But they had an opportunity already to make a decision and they have not made one. We just made a decision. Let the city of Conyers do what it decides to do and lets not be contingent on what they do."

If the vote were to pass after the March special election, the ordinance would not go into effect until April 2012.