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Voters will decide next month if alcohol will be sold at the Campbellsville Country Club.
And those who want to serve as officers during the special election will need to make their intentions known soon.
A petition was circulated recently in the New North precinct asking that the club be allowed to sell alcohol by the drink. Enough signatures were collected and a special election has been scheduled for Jan. 22 to let voters decide.
The New North precinct, in which the club is located, contains more registered voters than any of the other 19 precincts in Taylor County, at 1,570.
Voters will be asked to vote "Yes" or "No" to the question "Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink at Campbellsville Country Club in the New North precinct of Taylor County, Ky.?"
The New North precinct is made of Forest Hills Subdivision to Old Pitman Road, Woodhill Subdivision and portions of Coakley and Meader streets. Some areas of the precinct are located inside the city limits, while some are outside.
Carney said only those who are registered to vote and live in the New North precinct can cast a vote in the special election. Those who live in the precinct will not receive letters notifying them about the election.
Voters will cast their ballots from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Community Center.
According to Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney, absentee ballots will be available at his office at Taylor County Courthouse beginning Jan. 7. They will be available through Jan. 19. Those eligible for absentee ballots are those out of town Jan. 22 and women who are pregnant and in their last trimester.
The clerk's office will be closed Jan. 21, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Carney said his office staff members will mail absentee ballots to those who are unable to leave their homes. As of last week, four had already been sent, he said.
Carney said four election officers are needed to work at the New North precinct on Jan. 22. During a typical election, he said, there would need to be two Democrat and two Republican workers.
For this election, he said, that requirement doesn't apply. There need to be two people for the alcohol measure and two against it, he said.
"It kind of means you've got to come out and show your hand," Carney said.
The process of selecting the four election officers will begin Wednesday.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday are open, Carney said, for people to come to his office and say they want to be part of a committee to nominate potential election officers. Election Board members will ultimately choose who will serve as officers.
Two committees are needed, he said, one being made up of those for the alcohol measure and the other against it. A committee can be made up of just one person, Carney said, and the committees can nominate more than two people.
"I need some of these individuals to come forward."
The Election Board will have Jan. 7 through 11 to choose who will work at the precinct during the election.
Carney said he has been told there will be a committee formed of those who are for the alcohol measure, though he doesn't know about those against it.
He said history tells him there will be those against the measure and will form a committee, though he has heard of no formal opposition to it.
"It's been quiet," he said.
Carney said he expects talk about the election to increase after the holiday season. Knowing that four people have already called for absentee votes to be mailed to their homes means there has been some talk about it, he said.
"So, I know there's someone talking about it somewhere."
For those who want to serve as an election officer, but haven't done so before and are concerned about how to do it, Carney says training will be available.
"We will show them what to do," he said.
Carney said Election Board officers will likely be at the New North precinct on the day of the election to help. That is possible, he said, because only one precinct will be voting.
"We are able to be in the room," he said.
In May 2008, voters living within the city limits approved the sale of alcohol in restaurants seating at least 50 people as long as drinks are served in conjunction with a meal. Restaurants must derive at least 70 percent of their income from the sale of food. The measure passed by 74 votes.
The petition for the country club asks if voters are in favor of allowing the club to sell alcohol by the drink only, meaning meals will not have to be served in order to purchase alcohol.
"In effect, they could have a bar," Carney said last month.
Alcohol isn't being served at the club now, though members can bring it to the restaurant and drink it. The club's restaurant is open to the public for lunch and dinner.
Carney said the club is eligible to ask to be excluded from requiring a meal with the sale of alcohol because it has a golf course.
Joe Noland, president of the country club's board, said last month that the club, because of the nature of its business, won't be able to meet the moist requirement to sell alcohol by the drink served with a meal.
The moist requirement states that 70 percent of the establishment's income must come from food, he said. The majority of the club's revenue comes from paid memberships, which are $2,100 a year for a family and $1,800 for a single.
Noland said the petition began after the board met to discuss some new ways to collect revenue. Board members agreed that one of the better options, he said, was to begin selling alcohol.
Members also agreed that selling alcohol could make the club more presentable and competitive, Noland said, and to feel more a part of the community. He said it could also encourage more industry to come to the area.
Noland said last week that he hasn't heard much talk about the proposal or of any formal opposition forming.
"Been pretty quiet. It really has," he said. "I'm really shocked."
Noland said he is sure some will be against the measure, evident from when he and others began soliciting signatures.
"I'm looking forward to the election. I hope it goes our way."
For more information about the election, or questions about serving as an election officer, call Carney at 465-6677.
Carney's office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.