ABC, election board differ on precinct dry-vote petitions
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Oct 07, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There is a disparity between what the Alcohol Beverage Commission and the Kentucky Board of Elections say about whether people in precincts in Trigg County can vote themselves back to dry status.

That was what Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries said at Monday evening’s Trigg County Fiscal Court meeting, where the steps the fiscal court will need to take in light of last Tuesday’s alcohol vote were also discussed, although no action was taken on the matter.

The ABC’s stance is that if a county or city votes itself wet, individual precincts can vote themselves dry, provided a quarter of the people in that precinct that voted in the last general election sign a petition.

The election board’s stance is that if a county wants to vote itself back dry, it has to be a countywide election, and that a quarter of the people who voted in the last general election have to sign a petition to bring it back to a vote.

“It is a new issue for us here in Trigg County,” said Humphries, who went on to say that alcohol hasn’t been sold in Trigg County for 103 years. “Now we are tasked as magistrates to put in place the ordinance that sets parameters and limits on what … the people expressed last Tuesday.”

Humphries also said it is the fiscal court’s job to make sure the ordinance is written in a way that is “family friendly.” He also said that because there is still a decent amount of information that they don’t know, the ordinance, for the time being, is a “moving target.”

Although a deadline of 60 days has been quoted, as long as the fiscal court has an ordinance in place by the beginning of next year, that will be a timeframe that should be acceptable to the ABC, Humphries said.

“What the ordinance … will include is still yet to be determined,” said Humphries, who added that some of it will be defined by the size of the city. “We’ll try to find an answer as soon as we can.”

• In other business, The fiscal court unanimously approved a resolution, called the Rural Secondary Program Agreement, between the court and the Kentucky Department of Transportation. Humphries said the county accepted $196,590 from the state for the paving of its county roads.

• No action was taken, but the fiscal court heard from Trigg County Sheriff Randy Clark and Trigg County Treasurer Lucy Oliver when they gave the sheriff’s fee audit and the fiscal court audit, respectively.

Clark said it recommended that the sheriff’s department have more employees, so that one employee doesn’t have as much control over as many individual duties. It was also recommended that the sheriff’s department deposit its collections every day, as it sometimes makes deposits every other day or every three days, Clark added.

Oliver said their audit was mostly favorable, although it was recommended that the court keep better records.

• Trigg County Magistrate Shannon Knight briefly talked about how the county could receive money for a green initiative, and said the county should act on it while it has the chance, although the matter was only discussed.

• Humphries said Trigg County Recreation Complex Manager Jerry Radford has resigned from his post, effective Monday, Feb. 1, 2010. The court will get a recommendation from the complex board for Radford’s replacement, and whoever fills the position will be there for a year, Humphries added.

• The court unanimously agreed to appoint Jason Strickland to the Trigg County Recreation Complex Board to fill Tonya Allen’s unexpired term. He will sit on the board until Thursday, Dec. 31.

• The court also paid monthly bills, including about $63,000 to Contech Bridge Solutions, $108,000 to Marathon Petroleum and almost $60,000 to Kyler Bridge Company.
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