PORTERDALE -- The city intends to call for a referendum in August that will put Sunday retail beer and wine sales on the ballot in November.
The council Monday night unanimously approved the first and second readings of an ordinance that would allow a referendum to be held. The ordinance provides for retail beer and wine sales on Sunday between the hours of 12:30 and 11:30 p.m.
The council also discussed changing its ordinance governing restaurant sales of alcohol on Sunday to allow sales to start at 12:30 p.m. instead of 1 p.m.
Councilman Lowell Chambers said he believed the city's intention was to craft its alcohol ordinances to attract restaurants.
"Given the choice, I would rather encourage restaurant sales over package stores," Chambers said, adding he was concerned that sales on Sunday at convenience stores would discourage sales in restaurants.
City Clerk Judy Johnson said Thursday that the city can change Sunday serving hours via ordinance amendment rather than a referendum.
In other action, the city approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Bobby Hamby to sign paperwork for a $150,000 tax anticipation note with BB&T at 2.45 percent interest.
City Manager Bob Thomson said the loan is needed to cover the city's cash flow problem through the end of the year until property tax revenues are received.
By law, the loan must be repaid by Dec. 31.
Councilwoman Linda Finger was opposed to the resolution; all other council members voted in favor.
In other news, council members expressed their thanks Monday night to those who contributed to the success of the town's July Fourth Celebration.
Councilmen Mike Harper and Robert Foxworth and others were able to collect more than $16,800 in contributions to fund the fireworks. Mayor Bobby Hamby contributed his services as the pyrotechnician who set up and fired the fireworks.
More than 110 individuals and businesses contributed to the fireworks celebration.