VALDOSTA -- One week after Valdosta City Council decided not to put Sunday alcohol sales on the November ballot, the calls keep coming in.

"I have received lots of calls, dozens of calls," Mayor John Fretti said. "All of them have been questioning why Council voted against a referendum."

Some who are not calling are talking about it among themselves.

"Some friends and I found out about the decision the weekend after," said Jim Andrew, a Valdosta resident. "I don't understand why they didn't let us vote on it."

Some restaurant managers and owners have approached the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners to see what can be done. Jim Moon of Outback Steakhouse and Charles Wiggins of The Bistro are just some of the people going to the county for help.

County Attorney Walter Elliott said he was researching the issues, but had not finished his research yet.

If Council chooses to discuss the ordinance again, it can put the ordinance for a Sunday alcohol sales referendum on the agenda for its next meeting. Council must have a two-thirds vote to put it on the agenda for discussion.

City Manager Larry Hanson said Sept. 1 would be the last day for additions to the agenda, and so far, the alcohol ordinance had not been added.

Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 7.

Fretti also said he had heard of a petition in circulation. He said that because Georgia is a non-petition state, a petition with 15 percent of the voters would not overturn Council's decision, as it could in other states.

The referendum Council was considering would allow voters in November to decide if they want alcohol served in places with 50 percent annual gross sales of food on Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to midnight.

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