I wanted to write in regard to being referenced in the letter to the editor, "Let the People Decide," about a local referendum allowing the sale of alcohol on Sunday mornings.
I felt the headline was misleading because we voted that very night, 7-0, to allow a special election in November to allow this very thing.
Alpharetta that same night wanted to look at changing the time of its open container ordinance downtown. That is where my gripe was. I heard feedback from my pastor Thomas Hammond who asked if we would protect their service times until 12:30 or 1. I felt this was totally appropriate and reasonable. A resident can't purchase and consume a beverage to carry off the premises at 12:15 today, so nothing really changes. The headline caused feedback and messages to me that weren't entirely accurate. I signed up for that. But the headline made it seem nefarious, and that wasn't the case.
I do intend to support revising the downtown open-container carry ordinance to keep the start time until 12:30 p.m. on Sundays. I believe residents can consume an alcohol beverage at a restaurant at 11 a.m. and respect the churches’ wishes until 12:30. If you disagree with my opinion, that is totally fair.