An ordinance to allow off-sale liquor sales in Mitchell on Sundays was approved on first reading by the Mitchell City Council. A similar ordinance was voted down by Mitchell voters in 2010 by a vote of 56 percent to 44 percent.
Councilman Marty Barington supports the ordinance, saying Mitchell may be losing dollars from out-of-towners who stay in town not knowing about the Sunday liquor laws.
The Reverend Carroll Torberson led the petition drive which forced the vote on the 2010 ordinance. He testified against Sunday liquor sales again on Monday night, asking the council when they are going to listen to the voters. He also said he would lead a petition drive against the ordinance again if it passes its second reading and is adopted.
The ordinance is expected to be placed on second reading at the next council meeting.