I’ll have a story in tomorrow’s paper about petitions that are being circulated to force an election on the city’s new Sunday off-sale liquor ordinance.
The petition drive was started by the Rev. Carroll Torberson. He does not want off-sale liquor to be sold on Sundays, as the new law would allow.
Local ordinances take effect on the 20th day after their publication in the legal newspaper. This ordinance was published July 13, which makes the effective date Sunday, Aug. 2. Another state law says that if the effective date of an ordinance falls on a weekend, the deadline for filing referendum petitions is 5 p.m. the next business day. So the deadline for Torberson and his fellow petition circulators is 5 p.m. Monday. They need signatures from 5 percent of the registered voters in the city, which equates to 481.