On Tuesday, the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance to amend its alcohol regulations to allow for Sunday retail package sales.
The vote, which was unanimous, means Cherokee County will become the third entity to formally approve Sunday sales.
Woodstock and Ball Ground approved the measure last month.
The Canton City Council is expected to consider the second reading of an ordinance regarding Sunday sales and, if approved, could go into effect Dec. 18.
The Holly Springs City Council is expected to consider changing its ordinance to allow Sunday sales during its Dec. 19 meeting. If approved, that measure would be effective Jan. 1.
The county instituted a separate license and $250 fee for business to sell on Sundays, which the Marshal’s Office will begin processing today.
Only one person at the commission meeting spoke in opposition to the proposed change. Carolyn Cosby, who lives just outside of Ball Ground, said she was disappointed in the board’s consideration. She also said the approval of the referendum was not a clear shot, as voters were too concerned about the economy to really study the matter.
The approval of the measure, she added, will only bring more criminal activity and DUIs on county roads. “Alcohol is a dangerous drug,” she said.
On Nov. 8, county voters approved the measure 68 percent, or 14,622 votes, to 32 percent, or 6,763 votes.
Also Tuesday, commissioners voted to increase the Cherokee County Juvenile Court build-out contract by $50,000 to pay for furniture, fixtures and the construction of two additional conference rooms.
Earlier this year, the board awarded a contract to Homer-based R.G. Williams Construction to make renovations to office space and build two new courtrooms at the Cherokee County Justice Center.
The original amount was $697,700 and the project will be paid for using Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenue.
After construction, the space will be used by Cherokee County Juvenile Court judges John Sumner and Tony Baker and their staff.
Commissioners also awarded a construction contract for $86,765 to Mauldin & Cook for fencing of select areas and playing fields at the soccer complex on Blaylock Road.
The commission also:
* Adopted the 2011 Cherokee County Capital Improvement Element and Short Term Work Program annual update;
* Approved renewing a contract in the amount of $431,250 with Trinity Services Group, Inc., to provide food services to the inmates and staff at the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Adult Detention Center;
* Approved a two-year contract with Motorola to provide system maintenance, technical support and installation services to Cherokee County E-911’s radio infrastructure, dispatch services and emergency phone system for $299,999.76; and
* Approved a contract with Renova Data Services, Inc. to provide off-site vaulting for the Cherokee County E-911 Center’s emergency call management system in an amount not to exceed $10,000.