MITLON — Milton city council voted in favor of the alcohol overlay district May 8 following the ordinance's second reading. Mayor Wesley Meiss had to cast a vote to break a tie.

All council members were present. Councilwomen Mary Ellen Johnson, Pat Lunsford, Sharon Holley and Heather Hathaway voted against the expansion while councilmen Jeff Snow, Casey Powell, Alan Lowery, and councilwoman Peggi Smith voted in favor.  

Approval of this expansion allows the placement of bars within residential areas in the historical district. Attendees had the opportunity to speak but had only a two-minute time limit.  

Of the 17 speakers, 10 were against the expansion and 7 approved.

Holley, Lunsford and Johnson all voiced their disapproval for the expansion.

“I agree Milton needs to move forward,” Holley said. “Is a bar what we need? No, it is not.”

Following the approval, Mayor Meiss said he appreciated so many people coming out to voice their concern and he hopes they will continue to come to meetings. He also spoke regarding residents' disapproval of the expansion.

“Even though the council may approve something does not mean it becomes a permanent thing” Meiss said.  “If you don’t approve of something we do, get out to the polls and vote.”