The request for alcohol sales to be allowed in the City of Gillsville came before the council again at the monthly meeting on June 4.
Bob Patel, Mike Kanabar and Suhag Patel, owners and operators of the convenience store in the city, presented the council with a petition with 125 signatures from Gillsville residents in favor of the alcohol sales.
Mayor Larry Poole told the men they could turn in the petition and city staff would reconcile the names to see how many city residents (voters) were interested in the issue.
Poole and the council members looked over the list and each one advised they saw names on the list that were people who didn’t actually live in the city, but had a Gillsville address.
Gillsville resident Assumpta Norrell asked the council how the issue would be handled if it is determined that there was an interest in alcohol sales.
“Is that handled by a city vote?” Norrell asked.
Poole said, “That looks like the way this is headed.”
Kanabar said they were in agreement with no Sunday alcohol sales even if voters approve alcohol sales.
Council member Jim Butler asked the three men how much they expected to make off of alcohol sales.
“Not much. There isn’t a lot of mark-up in alcohol, but it would bring more people into our store,” S. Patel said.
Butler said, “This has been a dry city since 1901 or before. When you bought the business years ago you knew the city didn’t allow alcohol sales.”
S. Patel said, “We are not trying to disrespect you. We are trying to be up front about this issue.”
“This is not something to be taken lightly,” Poole said.
Kanabar told the council that a number of people coming into the store had expressed an interest in the alcohol sales and that was the reason they were coming before the council about this.
Poole advised the men that the earliest possible time for a city election on the issue would be in the fall.
S. Patel asked to take the petition back so they could continue to acquire signatures from people in favor of the alcohol sales. The men also expressed an interest in obtaining a list of all registered city voters.