At its Monday evening meeting, the fiscal court, with a motion by Trigg County Magistrate Larry Lawrence and a second by Magistrate Shannon Knight, approved a first reading of an amendment to its alcohol ordinance, an amendment that would allow the golf course to sell alcoholic beverages and would allow them to be consumed on the premises.
Trigg County Attorney H.B. Quinn said that United States Golf Association (USGA) golf courses like Arrowhead would be exempt from the requirement that it have dining facilities that seat at least 50 people as well as the requirement that it make at least 50 percent of its profits from food,
“All other provisions of this ordinance will apply this golf course,” said Quinn.
The county attorney also said that the course could sell some types of alcoholic beverages in general after the amendment is approved at the next meeting and after it is advertised in The Cadiz Record, but added that they will have to wait until July 15, when Cadiz is officially reclassified as a Class Four City, to be able to sell distilled spirits.
Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries noted that Arrowhead Golf Course is just outside the Cadiz city limits.
The fiscal court has visited this issue many times before this year. Ross has been before the court before to ask to be allowed to sell alcoholic beverages in order to compete with golf courses in neighboring counties.
With a motion by Lawrence and a second by Magistrate Lacy Bush, the fiscal court also unanimously approved the final reading of its FY 2010/2011 budget, which Trigg County Treasurer Lucy Oliver said was mostly unchanged after having been approved by Frankfort.
The grand total for the entire proposed budget is $5,270,434. The general fund is at $2,890,104, the road fund is at $1,280,100, the jail fund is at $465,823, the Trigg County Sheriff’s Department fund is at $599,407 and the Local Government Economic Assistance (LGEA) fund is at $35,000.
Both Humphries and Oliver said the budget doesn’t represent a large change from the current fiscal year’s budget. Humphries noted that the proposed budget is 2 percent higher than the current $5.2 million budget, and added that part of that increase is additional materials for the road department.
“All the totals for each the departments remain the same,” Oliver said. “At the first reading, we did not know what the health contribution was going to be.”
Humphries later told the Cadiz Record that the fiscal court will probably decide what kind of tax rate to levy in August.
By a vote of 6 – 1, and with a motion by Magistrate Donnie Tyler and a second by Bush, the court also voted for the basic One Call Now alert package, with Magistrate Kevin Terrell voting against the measure.
Larry Cave of One Call Now 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. He added the price difference for the first year is because of the $1,300 fee to install the system.
Cave also said they could contact 85 – 90 percent of the people on the first try, and said that cell phone numbers and long distance numbers can be added.
“There are several … counties around here that have the One Call Now package,” Cave said. “It’s a way of rapidly communicating … if there’s a tornado warning, there’s a chemical spill, a water main breaks, a gas line leaks, whatever the emergency-type situation that could occur in the county.”
Although Terrell liked the idea and was mostly on board with it, he didn’t like that people are automatically opted in to the system. Cave noted that it’s possible for people to opt out of the program, although less than 1 percent generally do.
“It’s like the health care issue,” Terrell said. “Don’t put me in the box, I’ll put myself in the box.”
Humphries asked if the county could “piggyback” on the school district’s alert system, also provided by One Call Now. Cave said it wouldn’t be possibly, primarily because the school district uses their alert system differently than the county would, and he added that the county would be calling up to three times as many people as the district would.
In other business, the court approved county employee compensation rates for 2010 and 2011, approved health insurance for 2010 and 2011, transferred $100,000 from the general fund to the Trigg County Sheriff’s Department fund to pay bills and paid its monthly bills.
Notable bills include $7,801 to Rogers Group for rock for the Trigg County Road Department, $1,560 to Harper Brothers Construction and $7,729 to Seven Springs Farms for debris cleaning and $15,450 to the Christian County Treasurer for Trigg inmates.