LISBON - Anyone wanting to grab a drink on Sundays at the Shale Tavern & Grille will have to wait.
A proposed issue to allow the tavern on state Route 154 to serve alcoholic beverages on Sunday starting in 2013 was denied placement on the Nov. 6 election ballot by the Columbiana County Board of Elections.
The board voted on Monday to reject the liquor issue due to lack of valid signatures on the petitions submitted by last week's filing deadline. Elections Board Director Adam Booth said 145 valid signatures were needed to place the issue before voters, but the petitions contained exactly 145 signatures and only 120 were found to be valid.
This was the only one of the seven liquor issues and 22 money issues denied placement on the Nov. 6 ballot. The petitions for the rest had enough valid signatures.
In other action, the board also certified the results from the Aug. 7 special election for the Columbiana school district bond issue, which was defeated 963 to 427 on election day. The final margin of defeat following the official count was 967 to 435 after some provisional and last-minute absentee ballots were included. Provisional ballots are those cast on election day that go uncounted until voter registration questions are answered.
The bond issue lost 697-363 in the county and 270-72 among the portion of school district voters living in Mahoning County.
Voter turnout for the special election was 26 percent, based on 5,390 registered voters in both counties and 1,403 ballots cast.
The board's next meeting is 1:30 p.m. Sept. 13.