KEYSER - The Mineral County Commissioners on Tuesday afternoon approved the wording that will be on the November general election ballot concerning the Brunch Bill.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - The Mineral County Commissioners on Tuesday afternoon approved the wording that will be on the November general election ballot concerning the Brunch Bill.
The wording will duplicate what was placed on the 2016 general election ballot when the same item about Sunday sales of alcohol was presented to the citizens of Mineral County.
The wording will involve having voters decide to accept or deny the Sunday sale of alcohol at clubs, restaurants, and wineries to begin at 10 a.m. instead of 1 p.m.
County clerk Lauren Ellifritz said the deadline was near for the “ballots being sent to the printers.”
In early 2016, then Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed into law allowing for the individual counties to decide on having the Brunch Bill on their general election ballots.
At that time, the nearby state of Maryland had already gained approval from the voters to have early Sunday alcohol sales beginning at 11 am.
Prior to the 2016 general election, commissioner Roger Leatherman said having the ballot contain the Brunch Bill item because, “This way the voters will decide.”
In addition, and at the same time, commissioner Richard Lechliter said their approval was to have the Brunch Bill on the ballot, not to make a statement from the commission for the approval or disapproval of the bill.
The Brunch Bill was closely defeated in Mineral County during the 2016 election, with a vote of 5,202 against and 5,179 for acceptance of the bill.
Fred Engle, owner of the Candlewyck Inn, was an advocate of having the Brunch Bill approved in 2016, and at this past March, through a letter, suggested to the county commissioners place this item on the 2018 general election ballot.
At that time, he wrote that additional revenue would be realized at the Candlewyck Inn over the several hours between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. if the Bruch Bill would be passed.