In Madisonville on Monday night many were expecting a vote regarding Sunday alcohol sales during the city council meeting, but it didn’t go as planned.
A second reading for expanded alcohol sales proved to still not be enough time for city officials to make a decision.
Council member Adam Townsend who proposed the ordinance decided to table the vote until the next meeting, “One of the big things is the money. what kind of effect this will make to the city so I wanted to make sure I gave plenty of time to all council members,” he said.
The ordinance would allow grocery and liquor stores to sell alcohol from noon to midnight on Sundays. Restaurants would be able to serve alcohol within that time frame too instead of just from 1 to 10 pm.
“It came from businesses reaching out to me asking me what the city could do to help them compete on the same level as businesses just outside Madisonville,” said Townsend.
Right now several cities in Hopkins county allow Sunday sales, so keeping money within the city is Townsend’s biggest push, “There are two other towns in Hopkins county that have this as a council member I want to make sure we keep our money here.”
Other council members say they’re opposed to the ordinance because of religious beliefs, believing alcohol should not be sold on a Sunday.
Townsend says he will keep fighting, not only to bring more revenue into the city but give more employees more hours.