Alcohol Ordinance Fails

10/10/17 10:30 a.m.

Kevin Karel

The City Commission voted down the alcohol open container ordinance for downtown Rome at
their meeting on Monday night at City Hall, falling by a final tally of 7-1.
 
The nearly unanimous vote in opposition to the ordinance followed lengthy comments from
concerned local residents. A total of 12 citizens, including multiple members of the local clergy,
signed up to voice their opinion on the ordinance and were overwhelmingly opposed to its
passage. Several of those who spoke against the ordinance expressed their moral opposition to
it and the damage they believed it would do to the downtown Rome area and to local youth.
 
Following the public comments, Commissioner Wendy Davis proposed a motion to pass vote the
ordinance, but the motion died due to lack of a second voice in support. A motion to oppose
the ordinance was then made by Commissioner Evie McNiece and was quickly seconded,
leading to the 7-1 vote.
 
Davis was the only City Commissioner to vote in favor of the ordinance. Commissioner Sue Lee
was absent at Monday’s meeting due to a health issue but did express through a letter that she
was opposed to the alcohol ordinance.