Alcohol Ordinance Revision in the Works

Walker County voters approved two alcohol questions during the November 2018 election.

Voters said yes to restaurants selling beer, wine and distilled spirits by the drink on Sundays between 11:00 a.m. and midnight.  Voters also said yes to allowing grocery and convenience stores to sell beer and wine on Sundays between 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

The referendum gives Walker County Government the authority to make changes to Chapter 6 of the County Code of Ordinances Regulating the Possession, Sale & Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages.

The formal process of making those changes will occur in December.  Ordinance O-04-18 will amend language to effectuate the sale of alcohol on Sundays, adjust the licensing process and revise the Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

Public hearings on the proposed ordinance will be held on December 13th and December 27th at 6:00 p.m. at the Walker County Courthouse Annex III, 201 S Main Street in LaFayette, GA.

Walker County already allows package sales of beer and wine, as well as liquor by the drink Monday through Saturday.  O-04-18 would allow Sunday sales to begin immediately after being approved by the Commissioner.  December 30, 2018 would be the earliest date that could occur.

Walker County Commissioner Meetings Move to New Location

LaFayette, GA – Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield’s meetings will move to a new location this month. The Commissioner’s regularly scheduled meetings, which are held at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of the month, will now take place at the Walker County Courthouse Annex III building, located at 201 S Main Street in LaFayette.

Many residents know this building as the old Kitchens Clinic or the former Tag & Tax office. The building underwent an emergency renovation to house the Public Defender’s office, Drug Court and other judicial services. Those government functions had to be relocated after the Walker County Judiciary Annex was deemed unsafe, following the collapse of a nearby building in LaFayette’s downtown square.

Meetings will take place in the courtroom, which has seating for over 70 community members. The building also has ADA compliant bathrooms and additional parking.

The first meeting in the new location will be on May 10th, which will also include a Public Hearing on the revised Animal Care Ordinance.