It's official. Johns Creek will join a growing list of Georgia municipalities to place a Sunday alcohol sales referendum before the voters in November.
The city council voted 6-1 last night to ask voters if they approve the sale of malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits on Sunday. Post 5 Councilwoman Kelly Stewart cast the lone vote in opposition.
In April, Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 10 into law allowing communities to place the issue before their voters. Since then, one city and county after another has announced plans to let the voters decide.
Council also voted 6-1, with Stewart opposed, to approve an alcohol policy for Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center. The policy will allow serving alcohol during special events such as weddings, fundraisers, not-for-profit meetings and family reunions. Applicants must provide proof of required insurance and make arrangements to have a police officer on site during the service and consumption of alcohol.
Other action taken by the council Monday included amending the city code to create additional licensing requirements for dealers in precious gems and metals, the approval of an ordinance to adopt the revised FY 2011 budget and the appointment of Lea Taylor to the Board of Zoning Appeals to fill the unexpired term of Ann Dantzler.
Council also approved an intergovernmental agreement with Fulton County to conduct 2011 general elections. Council members have expressed an interest in finding a less expensive entity to operate elections in the future. Johns Creek will pay Fulton county $101,000 to operate this year's election and an additional $86,000 if a runoff is required.
Council also recognized winners of the recent Pitch, Hit and Run competition hosted by the Gwinnett Braves. Trevor Sands, T.J. Kloiber and Charlie Nemeth were co-winners in the 7- to 8-year-old boys pitching competition. Nemeth was also recognized as the Best All-Around in that category.
In the 11- to 12-year-old class, Brandon Crews won the pitching competition and Adam Kolodkin won the hitting event. Zack Strauss won the pitching, hitting, running and Best All-Around in the 13- to 14-year-old boys competition.