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Oakwood joins Hall, cities in look at ‘brunch bill’ for Sunday morning alcohol sales

Add Oakwood to the list of Hall County governments considering a “brunch bill” referendum.

The South Hall city looks poised to join Gainesville, Flowery Branch, Braselton and Hall County in seeking voters’ OK to allow restaurants to sell alcohol beginning at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

The previous law in Georgia only allowed alcohol sales after 12:30 p.m. on Sundays for both restaurants and grocers. The “brunch bill” only applies to restaurants.

Oakwood City Council plans to take a formal vote Aug. 7 on whether to put the referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot, City Manager Stan Brown said Wednesday, July 11.

The called meeting is set to start at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 4035 Walnut Circle.

The issue came up at the council’s Monday night meeting, with Mayor Lamar Scroggs seeking consensus among members as to whether to pursue putting the issue on the ballot.

Council members all agreed.

Flowery Branch City Council and the Braselton Mayor and Council were the first local governments to approve adding the referendum to the Nov. 6 ballot, taking votes last week.

The Gainesville City Council plans to address a resolution about a referendum at its work session on Thursday, July 12, and the Hall County Board of Commissioners are set to consider the issue at its July 26 meeting.

According to the law, the ballots would read, “Shall the governing authority of (name of municipality or county) be authorized to permit and regulate Sunday sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages for beverage purposes by the drink from 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.?”

A “yes” vote would indicate approval of the expansion of hours for alcohol sales.

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