The commission discussed the proposal of Sunday alcohol sales in the city of Hazard.
The proposal states that wine, liquor, or beer can be sold from 1 p.m. to midnight at all restaurants and retails stores within the city limits.
In order to sell the alcohol, businesses must get a Sunday alcohol sales permit that costs $300. That price is a regular fee that is set by the state.
We are told it will be two weeks before the sales go into effect.
We are also told that alcohol will have a 3% tax during sales.
Susan Brotherton was the only city commissioner not to vote. She abstained because she owns a business with a liquor license. All other members of the city commission voted for the proposal.
Some local restaurant owners said they would likely make more money if they could sell alcohol on Sundays.
"I know a lot of people that go out of town to Pikeville and different places and watch games and races and things so they can eat and drink", said Phillip Clemons, owner of Jabo's Coal River Grille. "I'm not even 100% sure if we would offer the Sunday alcohol sales. We're still talking about whether or not we even want to do that."
Others at the meeting Monday said they feel like Sundays should be reserved for going to church and worshipping God.
"If they go to church, how can they look their pastors in the eye saying, 'I voted for this?'", said Fay Fugate, who opposed the proposal.
Others said they enjoy bringing their families to eat after church and now worry that those peaceful meals might change.
"It's your church crown on Sunday. So now the concern will be if we go out and take our children that there's going to be people in there drinking that might get loud", said Terry Joseph, who is the Pastor at 11th Hour Worship Center in Hazard. "It might get out of hand."
City officials at the meeting said there will be financial benefits to this vote. They say other cities in the mountains who have also made this decision have helped raise money for their cities. They point to cities like Pikeville, Corbin, and London.
"The first year, they made an extra $170,000 and it's gone up for the last seven years. And Pikeville didn't have a dollar figure, but the city manager said it's definitely a bump. And then there's stipulations on how you can spend the ABC money, but mainly it's on law enforcement."