The Georgetown City Council passed 7 to 1 a vote that allows Sunday alcohol sales at restaurants. Council member Alan Gibson was the only "no" vote in the issue.
The vote followed a few passionate pleas from Georgetown residents on both sides of the issue. Many in favor of the ordinance argued it would keep people from driving south to Lexington on Sundays to dine at restaurants that serve alcohol. Others claimed the ordinance could increase the risk of alcohol-related accidents.
The city is facing a budget crunch and leaders hoped it would generate revenue; likely about $15,000 each year.
The move becomes effective immediately after the ordinance is published. Restaurant owners must obtain a special license for Sunday sales. The Georgetown News Graphic reports it could take 30 to 60 days before those conditions are met.