Commissioner signs Sunday sales amendment
by Jason Lowrey
Aug 09, 2012 | 2076 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bob Patel of Burnt Hickory BP Grocery and Deli stocks wine on the shelves of the store Wednesday afternoon. This is one of two stores owned by Sam Patel on Burnt Hickory, the other the Shell Burnt Hickory Food Mart at Sugar Valley Road, that will be allowed to sell liquor on Sundays in the county. DAYTON P. STRICKLAND/The Daily Tribune News
Bob Patel of Burnt Hickory BP Grocery and Deli stocks wine on the shelves of the store Wednesday afternoon. This is one of two stores owned by Sam Patel on Burnt Hickory, the other the Shell Burnt Hickory Food Mart at Sugar Valley Road, that will be allowed to sell liquor on Sundays in the county. DAYTON P. STRICKLAND/The Daily Tribune News
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Starting Sunday, Bartow County residents will be able to purchase beer and wine on Sundays from the hours of 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., as approved by Commissioner Clarence Brown during a scheduled meeting Wednesday morning.

Voters approved the amendment during the July 31 primary, where it received 56 percent of the vote. While Brown never supported the measure, he believed it was an important issue that deserved to be put on the ballot. He hoped the amendment would help small local stores.

“... I found out that when the city approved [Sunday sales] people were then going to other stores in the city and the little mom-and-pop stores were losing money — not just on beer and wine but when they go to these little stores and they buy other stuff,” he said. “So their sales dropped all around in these little stores, and that’s why I said I’ll just put it on the ballot and leave it up to the people. ... The people spoke and now they can have their sales on Sunday. I hope it helps the mom-and-pop stores.”

A contract to restore the hardwood floors in the historic courthouse was awarded to Elrod’s Hardwood Flooring in the sum of $10,600. The county had originally planned to replace carpeting within the courthouse, but once the carpeting was removed, county workers discovered the hardwood floors were in good shape.

Brown said it would cost roughly the same amount to re-install carpet as it would to restore the floors.

Other commissioner business included:

• renewing a rental agreement with the Department of Veteran Services for office space in the County Annex Building;

• approving a stormwater maintenance with Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church;

• renewing an agreement with the Georgia Department of Corrections and the Paulding County Probation Detention Center for three inmate work crews at a cost to the county of $9,875 for officers’ salaries and benefits; and

• de-annexing 12.1 acres of property owned by Cartersville located on Paga Mine Road and Ga. Highway 293.

The commissioner’s next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Frank Moore Judicial and Administration Center.