Montgomery petition decision to be made Jan. 29
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
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A hearing about the petition to prevent alcohol sales in the Montgomery precinct has been set for 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29 at the Circuit Courtroom in the Trigg County Justice Center, with briefs from both sides due on Friday, Jan. 15.

Trigg County Attorney H.B. Quinn made that announcement near the end of the Trigg County Fiscal Court meeting, held Monday evening at the courthouse basement.

Quinn said that at the hearing he will represent the county, while Dan Thomas will represent the anti-alcohol side and P. Rogers from Grow Trigg will represent the pro-alcohol side. After that, Circuit Judge C.A. “Woody” Woodall will make a ruling.

After the Sept. 29 special referendum to repeal prohibition countywide, which passed by 36 votes, a petition was passed around the Montgomery precinct in the eastern part of the county calling for an election to return the precinct to dry status.

Although there were enough signatures on the petition, the state’s Board of Elections and the state Alcoholic Beverage Commission disagree on whether such an election could be held.

– In other business at Monday’s meeting, the fiscal court made three-year appointments to the Cadiz-Trigg County Tourism Commission, though not without some resistance.

While John Jordan and Deepak Patel, who replaces John Rufli, were unanimously approved, Trigg County Magistrate Shannon Knight made the sole “no” vote for John Bryant.

A motion made and seconded by Magistrates Donnie Tyler and Lacy Bush to approve Greg Batts to the tourism commission failed by a vote of 3–4, with Magistrate Larry Lawrence voting for Batts along with Bush and Tyler.

Knight, along with Magistrates Jon Goodwin, Kevin Terrell and Barry Littlejohn, voted against appointing Batts. Goodwin said he wanted to know more about Knight’s concerns.

Knight said it was time for “fresh blood” at the tourism commission, and that there were other people who would be willing to serve on the board.

“John Bryant has been there long enough,” he said, although he added he didn’t have anything personal against Bryant. “As for Mr. Batts, at this time I don’t have any comment.”

– Tyler said that at the last emergency services meeting representatives from the Golden Pond and Montgomery Volunteer Fire Departments spoke about a shortage of available volunteers, among other problems the various volunteer fire departments face, such as training.

Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries said that despite the fact that many volunteer firefighters have to work jobs that limit their ability to volunteer, the county has many good volunteers and volunteer fire departments.

“At some point, maybe we ought to consolidate the kingdoms, have a north/south Trigg County Fire Department … and combine our efforts,” said Knight, who concurred with Humphries’s statement.

– The court unanimously approved a resolution that states that if the judge-executive isn’t able to serve as judge executive, then the duties of that office will be assumed temporarily by a Trigg County magistrate until the governor can appoint a replacement.

– In other business, the court unanimously approved a first reading of a budget amendment and paid the monthly bills. Notable bills include roughly $2,800 to Rogers Group for rock and about $1,400 to McLean Communications, the county’s lobbying group.

The next fiscal court meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the courthouse basement.
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