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One Third to Goal
(2008-07-17)
(wgvu) - The drive to collect 38,000 signatures to force a November vote repealing Ottawa County's curious Sunday beer and wine ban has collected 14,600 signatures thus far, according to the Say Yes to Sunday (SYS) committee, the local group leading the drive.

SYS was formed to allow Ottawa voters to decide whether to continue the ban for the first time in 32 years. Ottawa County is the only Michigan County that bans Sunday beer and wine sales though it allows sales of hard liquor by the glass on Sunday.

"We made significant progress this past week, said Pat Eldean, treasurer of the committee and proprietor of The Piper in Macatawa. But we need thousands more signatures to collect and we need to pick up the pace to meet our goals, she added.

"We are seeing some incredible individual numbers such as a market in Georgetown township that collected 30 pages of petition signatures in 6 days and the Borculo Farm Market that has gathered 750 signatures, she noted.

Our fellow citizens want to vote on this issue and are prevented by the unfortunately high signature threshold in state law, she added. She also noted that residents of neighboring counties have expressed interest in passage of the repeal to patronize county establishments on Sunday.

SYS circulators are working the Berlin Fair in Marne this week and will be available at the week-long Ottawa County Fair in Park Township that starts Saturday. Other venues the group intends to populate is Grand Haven's Coast Guard Festival and Holland's downtown sidewalk sale days.

Eldean also noted petition forms are available at more than 86 locations throughout the county which are listed on the group's website, www.sayyestosunday.com.

The Say Yes to Sunday Committee member was formed by local businesses in Holland, Grand Haven, Allendale and Jenison.
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