If not for the Boaz City Council’s decision to remove an ordinance from the agenda, its latest meeting could have sparked a major change across the community concerning alcohol sales.
Before the meeting, an ordinance that would amend the Boaz Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance to allow Sunday sales was listed on the agenda. Only minutes into the meeting, the council approved to strike the item from the agenda.
Boaz Mayor David Dyar said the reason for removing it from the council’s agenda was simple — Councilman Jeff Davis was absent. Dyar said all councilmen needed to be present for the vote.
“It’s my knowledge and understanding … that this mirrors what some surrounding cities have done,” Dyar said. “It’s not like we’re doing something crazy or wild.”
Since Aug. 1, neither a vote of the people nor a legislative act is required to allow Sunday alcohol sales in cities that are already “wet” — cities like Boaz.
If the city were to adopt an ordinance allowing Sunday alcohol sales, it would be going against the citizens’ vote.
A special referendum was first held in October of 2015 when Sunday alcohol sales were voted down by a 421-251 split.
Nearly three years later, in August of 2018, another special election was held, but it failed again by 13 votes. The final vote tally was 355-342.
According to U.S. Census Data, Boaz had 3,904 registered voters at the time, meaning only 17.8% of voters turned out for the election.
The ordinance will be placed on the agenda for the council’s next meeting scheduled for Monday, Nov. 25.
If the ordinance is approved, it would mimic ordinances in Albertville and Guntersville, city attorney Greg Price said.
Besides allowing alcohol sales on Sundays, changes to the ordinance also include adding and amending definitions to different items within the ordinance.
The ordinance would also be amended to combine all of the city’s ordinances concerning alcohol sales, manufacturing and distribution into one single ordinance.
“Instead of having multiple ordinances to look at, you just put everything into one,” Price said. “And even though it’s 30 pages … it’s all there — it’s an all-encompassing ordinance … I thought that was the best way to do it.”