Cadiz Record Executive Editor
Approximately 150 citizens attended the first reading of Trigg County’s new alcohol sales ordinance during the fiscal court’s special meeting Monday at the county recreation complex convention center.
Of those in attendance, 12 approached the podium to address the court after County Attorney H.B. Quinn opened the meeting by reading the 24-page document.
Those with questions for the court focused on provisions they felt needed to be changed or amended.
Currently, the ordinance would not allow for any Sunday sales of alcohol. Smoking would not be permitted in any establishment that sells alcohol. No establishment within 200 feet of a church or school may sell alcohol. Signage options are limited for establishments selling alcohol.
Some spoke in favor of the provisions as they currently appear, while others asked for changes or that the provisions be completely stricken from the ordinance.
Citizens will have another chance to voice opinions on the ordinance when the court meets at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at the convention center for the second reading and final vote.
County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries said the court developed the ordinance after researching others in the region, particularly the one in Dawson Springs.
“We think we’re very similar to [Dawson Springs], but pieces from other places have been brought in,” Humphries said. “We’ve put together what we feel like is the Trigg County ordinance. This is a working document, and what people heard tonight may or may not be the final document, but we feel this is a workable document that tries to be considerate and expresses the will of the people.”
While some questions from the public concerned areas of the ordinance that are defined by statute, Humphries said, the court will review some provisions that can be set at the county level, including Sunday sales, tax levies and signage.
“We had to start somewhere,” Humphries said.
Monday afternoon, Quinn said he had filed suit in Circuit Court for a ruling on precinct-level elections in response to the Montgomery district’s petition for a vote to return to dry status. Quinn said he was unsure how long it would take to receive a ruling.