Wet/dry vote set for April 30 in Cordova
by Jennifer Cohron
Mar 29, 2013 | 1504 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cordova residents will vote Tuesday, April 30 whether selling alcohol should be legal in the city limits.

The city council set the date at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Mayor Drew Gilbert said city clerk Leanne Dawkins suggested holding the election before school dismissed to encourage a higher voter turnout.

“We do have to have at least 21 days notice before we hold an election. Leanne spoke last time about wanting to do it while school was still in session, which would make the earliest Tuesday that we could do it April 30,” Gilbert said.

Council member Warren Branch presented an alcohol petition at the final meeting of the previous administration in October.

Of more than 500 signatures received, 191 were verified. The threshold for the wet/dry process to move forward in Cordova was 172.

If the issue passes, Cordova would be the fourth municipality to go wet since 2009. Alcohol sales have also recently become legal in Carbon Hill, Dora and Sumiton.

In other action, the council:

•Adopted a resolution to hire Double Diamond Construction to oversee part of the city’s ongoing sewer improvement project.

•Was given an update on the two Crown Victorias that were recently declared to be surplus property. Gilbert said bids were received for $150 for each vehicle.

He recommended salvaging them if the scap value was determined to be higher than the bids.