Avondale Rushing Sunday Sales

The new law could go into effect Sunday, Nov. 20, because the city commission will hold special meetings Wednesday and Thursday to vote on the alcohol ordinance amendment.

Avondale Estates leaders are in a hurry to legalize Sunday sales of alcohol.

If all goes according to plan, customers will be able to buy beer and wine in Avondale convenience stores this Sunday, Nov. 20, instead of next month, as originally scheduled.

The city commission met Monday night and approved a first reading of an amendment to the alcohol ordinance.

Mayor Ed Rieker then decided to hold special meetings at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, for the sole purpose of the second and third readings of the amendment.

There's nothing else on the agenda for either meeting.

Rieker told the commission he was doing this because he wanted to "get on the list of progressive cities."

On Monday, Avondale City Manager Clai Brown said in an email to Patch . That was because he expected the first reading of the ordinance to take place Monday night and the second and third readings Dec. 12.

Rieker, who was re-elected Nov. 8 in a close election with David Milliron, took a different course Monday.

Nov. 8 was also the day that Avondale voters approved Sunday sales, with 85 percent voting yes.

Avondale will enact Sunday sales finish line before neighboring Decatur, which expects to approve the alcohol ordinance amendment Monday, Nov. 21. It only takes one reading, so Sunday sales could start Nov. 27 in Decatur.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that a number of cities, including Roswell and Lawrenceville, were expected to have Sunday sales Nov. 20.




Sean Thomas November 15, 2011 at 11:54 PM
To set the record straight, the audio tape from a Wednesday, Nov. 9 work session reflects that it was Avondale City Manager Clai Brown who was pushing to rush through the public hearings for Sunday alcohol sales but the Mayor slowed the process on how and when the meetings would take place. Mayor Rieker apparently changed his mind since Wednesday's work session and on Monday night asked the city council to meet for the two special called meetings. Please give credit where credit is due.
Bob White November 16, 2011 at 01:21 AM
What's the big deal about rushing Sunday sales in Avondale Estates? There's no liquor store within city limits. There is The Beer Growler and the Little Wine Shop, both fine places but that's it. The closest liquor store is just outside of Avondale and is in unincorporated Dekalb and they don't vote on the measure until something like March of next year. It's great that it passed but really what's the rush?
Bill Elek November 16, 2011 at 01:38 AM
So, what's the harm in this? I'd be perfectly happy with spending money at The Beer Growler or The Little Wine Shop this Sunday. I'm pretty sure that both businesses would welcome an additional day for more sales.
Julie Feely November 16, 2011 at 01:54 AM
Sean: I am not surprised that someone who does not attend AE meetings (unless you are commenting under an alias?) misinterprets the tapes. Regardless, my husband has several kegs on tap, but still plans on supporting the Beer Growler on Sundays. If you have time to travel into AE from Decatur/Pine Lake/Stone Mountain/from wherever you hail, we would welcome your support on Sundays of the Beer Growler and other businesses in the AE Commercial Business District. Cheers! Julie
john penn November 16, 2011 at 08:55 AM
Please folks, let's not get carried away. "You can't make wine before it's time".


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