The committee’s petitions had more than 430 signatures.
Ellington said Friday that the city had 30 days from Wednesday to verify the signatures and if enough are registered voters, to put it on the ballot.
He said that the owner of Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards, located north of Gilmer, had hired a professional firm, Texas Petition Strategies from Arlington that handles petition drives to conduct the gathering of signatures.
Ellington added that he had talked with City Secretary Kathy Hoover, who was at an election school in Houston by phone and she said she had everything she needed to start verifying the signatures, and that she wasn’t concerned about the 30-day limit.
Mrs. Hoover is the city’s top election official. Ellington said he signed to accept the petition because she was out of town.
He said that if enough signatures are valid, the City Council is expected to put it on the May 10 city election ballot by late February.
Gerald Jones, owner of Los Pinos and the PAC’s treasurer said that he wanted to see Gilmer prosper, and that it was losing sales to wet towns around the area.
Big Sandy has been wet for decades, as has Longview and Gladewater.
Others have said that the city should keep tax revenue here that is being lost to alcohol sales elsewhere.
There are two propositions:
• To legalize: “The legal sale of beer and wine for off-premises consumption only.”
• To legalize: “The legal sales of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders only.”
The PAC received $11,000 from Brookshire’s. Walmart pledged $25,000.
The funds will go to pay Texas Petition Strategies for their work. The company is conducting 10 elections statewide.
Ellington said the propositions would only allow beer and wine sales, not hard liquor.