Fiscal Court to discuss alcohol ordinance revision
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
May 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If all of the pieces fall into place, the Arrowhead Golf Course could start selling alcoholic beverages by the drink by July.

Trigg County’s Fiscal Court met Monday evening and, after a motion by Trigg County Magistrate Jon Goodwin, unanimously voted to review the county’s alcohol ordinance to see if the court can waive the food requirement for United States Golf Association (USGA) golf courses such as Arrowhead and allow the sale and consumption of alcohol there.

“I think … it was somewhat of an oversight that we did not see the golf course as a separate entity, which probably cannot generate the amount of food that is required in the original ordinance,” said Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries.

Trigg County Attorney H.B. Quinn told magistrates and Jeremy Ross of Arrowhead, who was in the audience, that there would need to be two readings. He also said the first reading could take place when the court meets on Monday, June 7, while the second reading could take place at its meeting on Monday, June 21.

Ross told Quinn it would have to be a 9- or 18-hole USGA-approved golf course.

This isn’t the first time the fiscal court has tackled this issue, as Ross went before the court late last year to ask to be allowed to sell alcoholic beverages in order to compete with golf courses in neighboring counties.

“We didn’t know at that point in time about the fourth-class status … that has passed [for the city of Cadiz],” Humphries said.

– Although there was significant interest in the product, the fiscal court, after a motion by Goodwin, voted to table discussion of a One-Call alert system for the county. Trigg County 911 Director Kim Wiggins talked to the court about the different potential uses of the alert system, wherein the county could call city and county citizens to notify them of emergency situations with 30–40-second messages.

Wiggins said the system, which is like the alert system currently used by the Trigg County School District, would cost the county $5,894 the first year and $4,594 per year for the next three years. She added the price difference for the first year is because of the $1,300 fee to install the system.

“It’s priced cheaper than any system we’ve seen for what you’re getting,” Humphries said.

Although a person’s landline is automatically opted in, people would be able to register their cell phones as well, Wiggins said, adding that although it has a wide variety of potential uses, it would most likely be used to alert people about severe weather or impassible roads and bridges.

Trigg County Magistrate Kevin Terrell asked if people can opt out of being called. Wiggins said that while the county can opt out of the contract, a person can’t opt out of receiving the alerts on their landline.

Humphries said the system could be “staggered” so that alerts are only sent to people in an affected area.

– The court took no action on a proposed business incubation project, an idea that Linda Humbert and Kathy Tessier brought before the court at its previous meeting (see story on page A9).

Humbert said that although the newly formed group Business Incubation Projects of Western Kentucky has withdrawn its offer to purchase the current Trigg County Senior Citizens Center building, it is still looking at that building as well as at five other locations in Cadiz and the county.

Humbert also asked the court to offer the senior center building at a reduced price, since the cost of restoring and repairing the building it would be more than the grant could provide.

– The court passed a road resolution and a road resurfacing agreement with the state. Humphries said with those two resolutions passed, the county will be able to accept $182,000 from the state to resurface parts of several roads throughout the county.

– In other business, the court unanimously approved Ramona Hamilton of the Trigg County Humane Society as the county’s weather spotter coordinator. Humphries said her job duties will include tracking storms, not chasing them.

The county also approved its monthly bills. Notable bills include $1,660 to Harp Enterprises for the Primary election, $15,000 to Kyler Bridge for bridge repair and $12,375 to the Christian County Treasurer for jail expenses.
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