A local town council voted unanimously Monday night to place an alcohol sales referendum before voters.
The Clayton Town Council agreed to place both an on-premise and off-premise referendum on the ballot for the sale of malt beverages and unfortified wine. The issue was originally discussed during an April work session but was formally approved last night.
The vote came just hours after Johnston County Commissioners voted 5-to-2 to place an identical referendum before county voters.
In March, the Town of Archer Lodge voted to ask the Johnston County Board of Elections to place an alcohol sales referendum before their voters in November, but this week learned that would not be necessary. In 2007, residents in the Wilders Township approved a referendum approving alcohol sales. The Town of Archer Lodge was not incorporated until 2009, but since the city limits falls within the Wilders Township, a legal opinion this week said a new vote would not be necessary. Archer Lodge has been asked by Johnston County officials to rescind the March resolution since it will no longer be necessary.
The Johnston County and Town of Clayton referendums will still appears before voters on November 8th.