Citywide 1,278 voters, 11 percent of the 11,121 registered voters, went to the polls on Tuesday. The total number of voters, including those who voted early or with an absentee ballot, was 1,874 voters, or 16.85 percent of the registered voters.
Sunday package sales were approved, 752 votes to 505 votes, or 57.46 percent to 42.54 percent, allowing those stores licensed to sell beer, wine and alcohol Monday through Saturday to also sell from 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Sundays. The city already allows Sunday by-the-drink sales.
Voters also approved the sale of the former Head Start building, at 742 Pimento Ave., to New Mercy Baptist Church for $50,000, by a vote of 1,494 votes to 307 votes, or 82.95 percent to 17.05 percent.
New Mercy has been leasing the building and grounds for $1 a year, with that price based on the church making improvements to the property in lieu of monthly rent of $500, referred to as “rent abatement for improvements” in the lease.
The sale had to be approved by the voters because the land is part of the Camp Northern Conveyance from the state of Georgia from 1943, which included a restriction that the sale of any portion of the land has to be put before the voters.
City Park and the City Golf Course are also part of the Camp Northern Conveyance, but the city is only looking to sell the tract at 742 Pimento Ave.
Precinct by precinct, the totals for the two ballot questions were:
— Precinct 1 (Second Baptist Church) — 73 votes for, 36 votes against Sunday sales and 77 votes for, 26 votes against the property sale
— Precinct 2 (Fairmont Community Center) — 69 votes for, 62 votes against Sunday sales and 105 votes for, 25 votes against the property sale
— Precinct 3 (Memorial Drive Plaza) — 111 votes for, 75 votes against Sunday sales and 167 votes for, 15 votes against the property sale
— Precinct 4 (Third Ward School) — 134 votes for, 50 votes against Sunday sales and 151 votes for, 30 votes against the property sale
— Precinct 5 (Stuckey Auditorium) — 120 votes for, 87 votes against Sunday sales and 166 votes for, 37 votes against the property sale
— Precinct 6 (City Park Gym) — 85 votes for, 68 votes against Sunday sales and 128 votes for, 25 votes against the property sale
— Precinct 7 (First United Methodist Church) 160 votes for, 127 votes against Sunday sales and 243 votes for, 36 votes against the property sale