Social Circle sets July vote on Sunday alcohol sales

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- Voters in Social Circle will have a chance to voice their opinion on Sunday sales of alcohol in July.

The City Council voted on Tuesday to place a referendum on the July 31 general primary ballot.

The issue was first discussed during a work session earlier this month. City Manager Doug White said he talked with the manager at Freshway, who said the store is losing about $4,000 in sales due to Sunday sales, which are now permitted in Covington.

The council voted unanimously on Tuesday to place the issue on the ballot in July to let the citizens decide whether or not to allow package sales and alcohol by the drink to be sold on Sundays.

In other news, the council approved a change to the city's travel policy. Currently, a $50 per diem is provided for employees who must travel to conferences due to work. The council agreed this per diem would be specified that employees can receive $10 for breakfast, $15 for lunch (unless that meal is included in the registration fee) and $15 for dinner.

The City Council also approved changes to the Historic Preservation Committee. The committee will now have five members instead of seven, and its chairman will be appointed by the City Council. The HPC ordinance will be amended to bring it into compliance with the Georgia Municipal Association and allow the committee to apply for grants.

Councilman David Keener introduced a motion amending the city's ordinance governing the municipal cemetery located at Memorial Street and Lakewood Drive to include prices for burial plots and niches in the columbarium. The cost is $800 per lot for residents and $2,000 per lot for nonresidents who wish to be buried there.

Cremated remains can be held in the columbarium for $700 a niche for Social Circle residents and $1,750 per niche for non-residents.

The second reading of the revised ordinance will take place at the City Council's next public meeting in March.