Culwell: Precinct petitions ‘opening up the wound again’
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
Nov 18, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A precinct-wide petition to bring to a vote the issue of whether the Montgomery precinct should be dry again was turned in to the Trigg County Clerk’s Office last week, but it still isn’t known whether the issue of whether precincts can vote themselves dry will be resolved.

County officials at Monday afternoon’s meeting of the Trigg County Fiscal Court, such as Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries and Trigg County Attorney H.B. Quinn, were themselves uncertain, although they said they hope for it to be resolved soon.

Grow Trigg President Ken Culwell spoke during the public comments portion of the meeting, where he said that although they had hoped the county would start healing shortly after the special Sept. 29 election on alcohol, bringing precinct-level petitions about the issue is “opening up the wound again.”

“It seems like we’re allowing an albatross to be born,” Culwell said. “We’ve talked about, for months and months and months, as soon as the election is over, we’re going to be begin the healing process.”

“I understand your feeling,” said Humphries, who added that the county is trying to “get a final answer” on the issue.

Culwell also said he wonders how long there are going to be such petitions if precinct-wide alcohol elections are allowed.

“If you’re a business owner at I-24, how long would you allow your business to be jerked around?” Culwell asked.

The court, at a previous meeting, asked for a declaratory ruling on the matter once a petition is turned in, as the State Board of Elections and the State Alcohol Beverage Commission disagree on the matter.

Humphries said a preliminary ordinance is currently being drafted and will be given to magistrates on Thursday or Friday. The first reading of that ordinance will be held at the Trigg County Recreation Complex Convention Center at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23.

– The fiscal court unanimously approved of the WKDZ radio’s Emergency Alert System. Beth Mann of the radio station said they will work with the county and will send emergency and weather alerts via text messages and e-mails.

The program will cost $1,000 a year, a price Humphries said was reasonable. He added that when the county tried to start a similar program, it was going to cost several thousand dollars.

Trigg County Magistrate Kevin Terrell asked if people had to opt in to the program, and Mann said they did, and added that people could opt out of it as well.

The court also gave final unanimous approval for Natural Resource Conservation Service grants for clean up of storm debris at seven sites in the county.

At the last meeting the court gave the county’s transportation committee approval to award a bid for the National Resource Conservation Service grant so that they could start before the next fiscal court meeting, where final approval of the bid will be voted on.

Humphries said the Ben Adams Bridge site was completed by Harper Brothers Construction, which bid $14,250 on cleanup of the site. He added that work on the other sites are at various stages of progress.

In addition to Harper Brothers Construction, Perry’s Construction and Fourshee Inc. are working on sites such as River Bend, Greenfield, Thomas and Bradley, with two sites labeled “Humphries.”

At a previous meeting, the court unanimously approved a 25 percent matching grant with the NRCS to remove 10 log jams in the county, to the tune of $14,871.

In other business, during the paying of monthly bills, the court sent $350,000 in local tax money to Trigg County Hospital, with about $94,000 going to the Pennyrile District Health Department.

Trigg County Magistrate Barry Littlejohn also reported that construction on the new Trigg County Senior Citizens Center on East Noel Drive is going well, with the crew working on drywall. The building has an completion date of mid-2010.
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