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Sunday alcohol sales delayed

COVINGTON -- Retailers will have to wait another week before they can sell alcohol on Sunday for off-premises consumption.

Due to a scrivener's error on the Sunday sales ordinance that was advertised, the City Council tabled the final reading at its Monday night meeting. The final reading is now set to take place at the council's 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, meeting.

Sunday retail sales of malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits were approved by Covington voters 868 - 451 in a Nov. 8 special election. Hours of sales are limited to 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Mayor Kim Carter will have to sign the ordinance once it is approved before Sunday sales can go into effect. City Manager Steve Horton cautioned retailers not to begin sales without first contacting the city to verify sales are legal.

"The safest course of action is for businesses to call the acting city clerk at 770-385-2010 so as to determine if the ordinance received final approval and has been signed by the mayor," he previously told the Citizen.

In other news, the newly formed committee assigned to gather facts regarding the purchase of the Norfolk Southern rail corridor will hold its first meeting at 10 a.m. Friday at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public and will either take place in a conference room or City Council chambers, depending on how many attend, said Mayor Kim Carter. Members of the committee are Carter, Mayor-Elect Ronnie Johnston, Horton, Councilman Keith Dalton, representing the East Ward, Councilwoman Hawnethia Williams, representing the West Ward, and Frank Turner Jr., the city's legal counsel. Carter said she expects the meeting to last about an hour.