City council works to set regulations for Hartselle alcohol sales

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HARTSELLE, Ala. - It won't be long before you see alcohol on the shelves in Alabama's largest dry city.

After several attempts voters finally passed liquor sales in Hartselle.

When does this go into effect? It's complicated.

The city council needs to put rules and regulations in place. City attorney Larry Madison tells WHNT News 19 it could be before the new year, but most likely in January.

The council wants to make regulations similar to Cullman and Athens.

"We've had the benefit of what happens with them, so we can see the best features," said Madison.

There's been a lot of controversy over the issue.

Officials want to make sure legalizing alcohol sales doesn't overshadow the city's character.

"(We're) trying to make it as safe as we can, and unobtrusive as we can, and abide with what the law requires us to do," said Madison.

There will not be Sunday alcohol sales. There will also be regulations on how close alcohol can be sold near schools and churches.

Madison said he hopes those who oppose the sales can still see the benefit.

"Hopefully we will create a revenue stream for the City of Hartselle to stop that outflow of cash to nearby cities. We are going to do it in such a way that we aren't going to do it haphazardly, we are going to do everything as I said to keep the community's character as it is now," said Madison.

The city will not allow people to walk into a gas station and buy a single beer can.

Officials said they don't want to promote drinking and driving.

The council is expected to propose the regulations at the next meeting on November 22.