Fiscal Court discusses alcohol sales at Arrowhead
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
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The issue of selling beer at the Arrowhead Golf Course was revisited by Trigg County’s Fiscal Court when they met Monday evening at the courthouse basement.

Jeremy Ross of Arrowhead said he was hoping to be able to not only sell beer, but to allow people to take it with them on the course so Arrowhead can be competitive with courses in nearby counties which are able to serve such beverages.

“If we’re going to do it, we want to do it right, otherwise there ain’t no sense in doing it to start with,” Ross said.

Trigg County Magistrate Shannon Knight said he was told by several state Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) officials that if a business doesn’t make 40 percent of its income from food, it can’t have a license.

However, for a beer-only license, there are no seating requirements or minimum food sale requirements for non-restaurants, Knight added.

Trigg County Magistrate Jon Goodwin told Ross that while he understood what he wanted to do, he was worried about making an exception for him and then having to make exceptions for others.

“We’ve got other restaurants and … other places following the ordinance,” Goodwin said. “I by no means want to discriminate against Jeremy Ross if this is something he needs … but at the same time, if we make a special exception here in this situation,” then other exceptions will have to be made, he continued.

Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries said regulations in the county’s alcohol ordinance like the one in question are in place because the ordinance was meant to keep the county family friendly.

“We’re not trying to hurt your business,” Humphries told Ross. “We want it to be vibrant, we want it to grow.”

The court also decided to limit the number of waste disposal contractors at three and to keep Freedom Waste as the contractor for commercial waste disposal in the county, with D & D and Ingram as the contractors for residential waste disposal in the county.

Jesse Thomas of Trigg County Solid Waste discussed the situation and asked that the court maintain the status quo. He said when he talked to Freedom Waste on Friday, they wanted to keep their commercial pickup contract with the county.

During the magistrates’ comments portion of the meeting, Knight said he has been getting several complaints about how gasoline is roughly 20 cents per gallon more in Cadiz and Trigg County than in surrounding areas.

“We have 17-percent unemployment in the county, the highest probably of anybody around here, and we also have the highest gas prices,” Knight said. “There’s no reason we should be 20 cents higher than Marion, Fredonia, Hopkinsville, Oak Grove.”

Someone will have to answer for that, said Knight, who called the price difference “highway robbery,” especially given the number of unemployed. He added that people will just put $5 worth of gasoline in their vehicles and will fill up in Hopkinsville.

The court also approved Trigg County Jailer James Hughes’s annual budget, which is set at $465,823. Among the larger expenses in the budget is $275,000 for contracts with other counties, $65,000 for routine medical expenses, $34,471 for the jailer and $36,000 for the deputy jailer. Hughes told magistrates that several expenses are up slightly, and that the overall budget is up 4.47 percent.

Hughes said that while they have the inmates work every Monday, he would like to have them work one more day per week.

Hughes thanked Christian County Jailer Brad Boyd and his staff, as well as Trigg County Sheriff Randy Clark and his staff, for their hard work during the Kevin Dunlap case.

The court also unanimously passed a fair housing policy. Humphries said the court is legally required to pass the policy, which dictates that many types of housing discrimination is forbidden, because of the opening of the new Trigg County Senior Citizens Center, even though no rooms will be rented or sold there.

The court unanimously approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the court and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) for $10,084 worth of Ambulance Grant funding.

The court also made appointments. By a vote of 5– 0, the court approved Gary Polete to the Cadiz-Trigg County Tourism Board. Trigg County Magistrate Donnie Tyler abstained. The court unanimously approved the reappointments of Jesse Thomas and Bob Smith, an alternate, to the Land Between the Lakes Advisory Board.
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