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City to allow vote on Sunday package sales
Referendum to be in November

Members of Richmond Hill City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to let residents decide whether package sales of alcohol should be legal on Sundays within city limits.

The vote will come in the form of a referendum and will be on the November ballot, according to City Manager Chris Lovell. Last year, voters approved a similar measure for the unincorporated parts of Bryan County.

“We have been asked, invited, to vote on this,” Lovell told council members prior to their vote, which took place with no discussion. “Keep in mind we’re not voting on whether to (allow the sales), but just whether we’re going to put it on the ballot.”

The city was approached in September by Jeff’s Beverage owners Jeff Nielsen and Kathy Nielsen, who asked that it be put on the ballot because they were losing sales to surrounding areas.

The sale of alcohol by the drink on Sundays has been legal in Richmond Hill since 2008. Voters approved sales of alcohol by the drink in the unincorporated parts of the county in 2010.

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