In their second round of voting held April 11, residents of Odenville voted 196 to 105 in favor of Sunday alcohol sales. The first attempt in March 2016 defeated the effort but only 132 voters turned out of the more than 3,600 residents.
This second vote means Odenville joins four other municipalities in St. Clair County who have gone wet — Moody, Pell City, Riverside and Springville.
The “wet” vote will now allow licensed retailers to sell alcohol every day of the week, something Mayor Rodney “Buck” Christian has been quoted as saying would be “good economic development.”
States and cities that vote to allow alcohol sales “may experience a short-term cash windfall but loss of reliable income, coupled with increases in alcohol-related harm, will damage economic stability and public health in the long term,” according to Alabama Citizen’s Action Program’s “Wet/Dry Issues” information on www.alcap.com.