North Augusta voters will decide whether the city will give restaurants, grocery and convenience stores the option to sell alcohol on Sundays.
City council voted 5-2 on Monday on the final reading in favor of an ordinance that will allow a referendum on Sunday alcohol sales to be placed on the November ballot. Council members Arthur Shealy and Pat Carpenter voted against it.
The referendum does not include liquor stores, and it’s currently against state law for liquor stores to be open on Sundays.
There are 46 entities in South Carolina, consisting of individual towns, cities or counties, that allow Sunday alcohol sales, according to Rep. Bill Hixon, R-North Augusta.
South Carolina bill H. 5098, sponsored by Hixon, was signed by Gov. Nikki Haley in June. It allows municipalities to place a referendum to allow Sunday alcohol sales on the ballot during county, state and presidential elections rather than having to wait until the municipality’s general election.
In other business, North Augusta Public Safety dispatcher Tony Kirkland was recognized as the employee of the quarter for April, May and June. Kirkland has been employed with the city since 2002 and was a “valuable asset” to public safety during its transition to new software.
Council also passed two resolutions. Johnson, Laschober & Associates were selected as the architectural firm for the public safety fire substation project. The council also authorized the city administrator to enter into a contract with URS to prepare a Feasibility Evaluation of Water Supply Options.