Sunday alcohol sales in city begin this weekend


Jasper City Council members unanimously approved a resolution to certify results of last week’s municipal election to allow Sunday alcohol sales in the city. 

The vote last Tuesday ended with 1,258 votes for allowing Sunday alcohol sales to 696 votes against the measure. 

The council later — by unanimous consent — voted to set regulations for the sale of alcoholic beverages in the city on Sunday. The regulations includes only allowing the sale after noon on Sundays. 

The current ordinance in place prohibits the sale of alcohol between 2 a.m. on Sunday and 6 a.m. on Monday. 

By law, the city must advertise the new ordinance that allows the sale of alcohol on Sunday. The legal advertisement was scheduled to be in today’s Classified section of the Daily Mountain Eagle. 

Once that publishes, the amended ordinance is declared in place, meaning legally selling alcohol on Sunday can begin this Sunday. No sales will now be allowed between 2 a.m. and noon on Sunday. 

The new ordinance “will allow both on-premise and off-premise sales by anyone licensed to sell alcohol,” city attorney Russ Robertson said. 

In other business, council members:

• Approved minutes of the July 10 council meeting. 

• Approved event permits for:

– the EASI Rubber Ducky Races, set for Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Ga,ble Park.

–  the Great Pumpkin Run, set for Saturday, Oct. 6, beginning at 8 a.m. at Bevill State Community College. 

The 5K and one-mile fun run is a fundraiser for the Bevill State SGA.

• Adopted an amendment to the budget to provide $14,000 in funding to build a park pavilion at the Percy Goode Center. 

The money for the project is part of the recent bond issuance. 

• Heard a report from city purchasing agent Derleda Abrom on vendors that have been approved for this year’s Foothills Festival in downtown Jasper. 

• Approved, at Abrom’s request, a resolution to provide match funding for operations of a ClasTran bus in the city.

• Adopted a resolution to place four properties under the city’s nusiance abatement ordinance.  The council later approved a request from a resident for a two-week extension on cleaning up a property that fell under the ordinance. 

• Approved a request to release a lien the city held on a property at 410 23rd St. E. The property is the former Jasper Family Service Center.