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City considers Sunday alcohol sales

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By Leslie Moore

Many questions were raised during a discussion to amend the city's alcohol ordinance at the Campbellsville City Council's regular meeting on Monday.

Residents in the New North precinct voted in January to allow the sale of alcohol by the drink at Campbellsville Country Club.

Councilman Mike Hall Jr., a member of a committee appointed by Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young and charged with drafting an ordinance, said the country club has requested that Sunday alcohol sales be allowed.

"They requested Sunday sales for an interesting reason," Hall said. "I think what the country club's intention is ... that they don't want people bringing their own alcohol out to the club for their own consumption anymore. They want them to buy it through the club so they can regulate consumption of it."

According to Hall, if the country club is not authorized to sell alcohol on Sunday, they said they would be unable to prohibit members from bringing their own alcohol on Sundays. Therefore, by having Sunday sales, Hall said, the country club can better regulate the consumption of alcohol.

Young said anyone who serves alcohol must complete a four-hour training course that provides in-depth training on rules and regulations.

Councilman Stan McKinney said he is strongly against Sunday alcohol sales.

"I'm going to make no secret that I'm against this ordinance," McKinney said. "I was against the first ordinance for a number of reasons."

According to McKinney, the sale of alcohol at the country club affects everyone in the county, not just those who live in the New North precinct. McKinney said the entire county should have been allowed to vote.

"I'm definitely against Sunday sales, and I certainly cannot vote for anything that promotes or encourages alcohol," McKinney said.

Also at issue is if holders of limited restaurant licenses would be allowed to sell alcohol on Sunday.

Hall said that in a recent meeting with limited restaurant license holders, all but one license holder, who was not planning to have Sunday hours, expressed interest in Sunday sales.

Councilman Randall Herron said that because the golf course license is entirely different from the limited restaurant license, the Council could decide to permit one type of license to sell alcohol on Sundays and not the other.

But Councilman Paul Osborne, who was also appointed by Young to serve on the committee, said he has a problem with this.

"We need to treat all groups alike," Osborne said. "Giving one group an advantage over the others isn't right."

Before Monday's meeting, a hearing gave the public an opportunity to voice opinions about the possible changes to the city's alcohol ordinance. No one from the public attended.

McKinney and Herron said the public might not have been aware that Sunday sales were a possibility. After further discussion, another public hearing was scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m. A special called Council meeting will follow at 7 p.m. to discuss the changes to the ordinance.

City Attorney John Miller said other changes have been made to the existing ordinance.

Presently, holders of limited restaurant licenses pay a $1,000 license fee to the city, as well as 8 percent of revenue from alcohol sales.

Once that 8 percent reaches $1,000, restaurants are reimbursed the $1,000. But Miller said this has led to complications with the city's accounting records.

Therefore, the committee has decided to reduce the local licensing fee to $500 and to not reimburse license holders.

City Clerk Cary Noe said this change will generate roughly the same income and make bookkeeping much easier. In this fiscal year, Noe said, revenue collected from alcohol licenses and sales amounts to $12,000. The money is used to offset the cost of the city's ABC code enforcer, Allen Crabtree.

Another change was made regarding signs and advertising. In the new ordinance, alcohol license holders would be allowed to have two signs advertising alcohol inside the premises.

In the event of a tournament or other event, the golf course would be permitted to display a temporary sign or banner outside. It would have to be taken down after the event ends.

Since Campbellsville became moist in 2008, Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette said he isn't aware of any complaints or citations resulting directly from the sale of alcohol in restaurants.

But in the case of DUIs, Hazlette said, there is really no way to know if impaired drivers received their alcohol from one of the city's restaurants unless they volunteer that information.

"Mike, I respect you, but we have a major problem with DUIs," McKinney said to Hall. "The people are getting the stuff somewhere, I mean they are. I'm just opposed to it totally, and you'll never convince me otherwise."

Councilman Jimmy Ewing did not attend Monday's meeting.

Also at the Meeting:

• Young gave a progress report on the water storage tank that is being constructed off KY 55, near Clarcor. Half of the sitework preparation is complete, all the foundation work is finished and 5 percent of the concrete support structure and weld and steel work for the reservoir is complete. Young said a standpipe tank has been placed there but will be removed after the storage tank is built.

• Young was given approval to apply for a $250,000 Kentucky Community Development block grant. This grant would fund The Healing Place Project, which offers therapy for alcohol and drug addiction.

Before the meeting, a public hearing allowed for comment about the grant. Judy Keltner from the Lake Cumberland Area Development District explained the criteria for grant eligibility. Shannon Gray, program director and alumni, as well as two others and a mother shared how The Healing Place has changed their lives.

• Campbellsville Fire & Rescue Chief Kyle Smith said an upcoming project will paint the city's 650 fire hydrants with a color-coded system in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association coding standards. Smith said this will give firefighters a visual indication of how much water is available in each hydrant. Flow testing of the hydrants will begin later this month. Smith said the cost of labor and paint will be absorbed into his budget.

• The Council approved the financial reports for February. With 67 percent of the fiscal year complete, the city has reached 68 percent of its budgeted revenue and spent 67 percent of its budget.

• Donnetta Tungate gave an update on the Trail Town project. The committee has requested to reallocate $900 from a Paula Nye education grant to buy a bicycle for Campbellsville Police Department.

The department has one bicycle but the committee wants to send two officers to bicycle safety education training.

At the National Bike Summit in Frankfort on April 11, Tungate said they will be recognized and presented with the $5,000 grant from Joe Graviss. A portion of this money will be used for the community bike and events for the week of May 6-11.

Lastly, a $110,000 Recreational Trails grant application was submitted this week. Tungate said it could take up to a year to learn the results.

• The city had first reading to annex some property on Snow Lane at the request of the property owner. Because annexation would allow connection to the city's sewer system, Councilman Dave Nunery said he believes the majority of property owners would be in favor of the annexation. Residents will soon be surveyed.

• Campbellsville Water and Sewer employee Hal Gore was recognized for 30 years of service.

• Young proclaimed April as Spring Cleanup Month. Community-wide opportunities will be available throughout the month, including a cleanup at the former Fruit of the Loom site on April 26.