Welsh vote to allow alcohol sales on Sundays

WELSH, La. (AP) — Bars, lounges and liquor stores in a southwestern Louisiana town of 3,300 will soon be able to open on Sundays.

The Welsh Board of Aldermen voted 3-2 to allow such sales, from midday. However, no liquor sales will be permitted between 2 a.m. and noon Sunday, The American Press reported.

The change will take effect 10 days after legal publication in the Jennings Daily News, according to City Clerk Eva Kibodeaux.

Restaurants, convenience stores and grocery stores can already sell beer, wine and liquor on Sunday, according to City Attorney Rick Arceneaux.

Aldermen Clint Hardy, Lawrence Mier and Andrea King voted for the measure. Aldermen Ronnie Hayes and Jackie Balmer cast the dissenting votes.

Hardy proposed the change in December after a local resident asked if it was possible to open bars on Sundays. Since then, he said, he’s had “hundreds of conversations” on the subject with only two people saying it’s best to leave alone.

Since many people do not work on Sundays, the day will be profitable and will increase employment and taxes, he said.

Balmer said, “I’m not against free trade and I love this city and want to see it grow.”

But, she said, “If we open it up so bars are open on Sundays, where will that end?”

Balmer said the current order is outdated, but more thought is needed before changes are made.

Although Balmer said many church members told him they were concerned about the proposal, no one spoke out against the measure during the public hearing.

The ordinance required bars, lounges and liquor stores to close between 2 a.m. Sunday and 12:01 a.m. Monday.

Hardy said their Sunday closure is hampering many businesses, giving sales taxes to surrounding municipalities and forcing chain-type restaurants to relocate.

“If we want Welsh to thrive, we need to have growth,” Hardy said. “With growth comes new business and what everyone prefers to do, eat and sometimes drink.”

Several people at the meeting also expressed concern about the city losing taxpayer dollars to Jennings, Iowa and Lake Charles.

“Why is it right for other businesses to sell alcohol in town?” asked resident Roger Mallett. “At the end of the day, you have to be fair to everyone. If we don’t sell liquor in town, then we don’t sell liquor in town, but I don’t see the fairness in saying who can and who can’t.

Robbie Vanicor, a foodservice entrepreneur, said an extra day of work can make or break a business, especially with the slowdowns caused by COVID-19 and the rising cost of produce and labor. work.

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