The New Albany Board of Aldermen has petitioned the state of Mississippi for permission to allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays.
In a called meeting held July 25, the board voted 3-1 to petition the Alcoholic Beverage Control division of the Mississippi Department of Revenue for the sale of liquor on Sundays.
Under state law, municipalities can petition ABC for permission to allow Sunday sales, but only for liquor by the drink at local restaurants that have state permits to sell it.
State law does not allow liquor stores to open on Sundays, nor does it allow restaurants to sell liquor by the bottle on that day.
According to board attorney Reagan Russell, the board is not required to hold any public hearings on the issue. When the state grants the board’s request, Sunday sales would immediately go into effect.
New Albany Mayor Tim Kent said liquor could be sold betweenthe hours of 1 p.m. and midnight, the same time period currently allowed for purchase of beer and light wine in New Albany, if the state approves the petition.
Alderman At-Large Scott Dunnam, Ward 1 Alderman Jeff Olson and Ward 3 Alderman Kevin White voted in favor of the measure, while Ward 2 Alderman Johnny Anderson voted against it.
Ward 4 Alderman Will Tucker was not in attendance of the meeting.
Olson said that, at some point, the board would have to discuss revisions of its ordinance to the Sunday sale of beer and light wine if the state approves the request.
To date, El Agave is the only restaurant with a permit to sell liqour in New Albany.