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Alcohol still flowing in Snellville

SNELLVILLE -- Sunday liquor licenses have not been vacated in Snellville, despite a judge's ruling granting a permanent injunction barring the city from allowing Sunday pour licenses.

Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer said city leaders discussed Judge Mark Lewis's decision in an executive session Thursday, but because a written order has not been delivered, he declined to discuss the impact.

"Once we get that, we'll have a better idea of how to proceed," Oberholtzer said.

Councilman Mike Sabbagh said later in the day Friday that City Manager Russell Treadway hand-delivered letters to the seven restaurants who were granted licenses before the matter went to court advising them to stop serving on Sundays.

On Wednesday, Lewis issued an order from the bench, saying the city "disenfranchised voters" by not holding a referendum on the issue. He said any licenses already issued should be voided.

Sabbagh said city leaders want to use the written order to decide whether to pursue an appeal or begin the pursuit of a referendum this summer.