The City of Garfield held a Public Forum about Sunday Liquor Sales on March 12, 2019, prior to the regular monthly meeting of the City Council. The forum was scheduled to provide local businesses an opportunity to present reasons for having liquor sales on Sundays and to give citizens of Garfield a forum in which to voice their views about this issue.
On behalf of local Garfield businesses, Mr. Oscar Hansen reported on the necessary steps that would be required to put the Sunday liquor sales item on a ballot for a Special Election. Petition signatures in support of the ballot item would require verification by the Recorder-Treasurer and by Benton County. In addition, Mr. Hansen proposed that businesses would be more competitive by being able to sell liquor on Sundays.
Opposition to Sunday liquor sales was given by Mr. Paul Bryant, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Garfield. Pastor Bryant gave examples of businesses that have been successful in Garfield without Sunday liquor sales. He expressed appreciation for small-town values in Garfield and the importance of Sunday as a day of worship. Council Member James Teeselink voiced agreement with Pastor Bryant saying, “If it’s just one day a week, let’s keep Sunday Holy.” Council Member Barry Kitterman indicated his opposition to Sunday liquor sales.
The Chairman of the Planning Commission, Jeff Dodson, indicated that the Planning Commission supported Sunday liquor sales.
To learn more, see the complete minutes from the Public Forum on Sunday Liquor Sales in Garfield below.