Quinn will ask for ruling if county receives precinct dry-vote petition
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
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Trigg County Attorney H.B. Quinn will file for a declaratory ruling if Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries receives a petition for a precinct-by-precinct vote on the alcohol issue, the Trigg County Fiscal Court decided Monday evening at its meeting at the courthouse.

Quinn said he wrote State Attorney General Jack Conway earlier on Monday for a ruling on the matter, but stated that such a ruling could take months. The only other option, Quinn added, is a declaratory ruling from a Circuit Court Judge, but he can’t legally ask for a decision unless the issue actually comes up.

In the meantime, the fiscal court will still be working on an ordinance that should be “family friendly” and friendly to the community, Humphries said.

“I think my responsibility, and our responsibility as a court, is to find answers for this issue,” said Humphries.

Trigg County Magistrate Larry Lawrence made the motion, which fellow Magistrate Lacy Bush seconded, to let Quinn take action before the next fiscal court, if such action is necessary. The vote was unanimous.

During the public comments section near the end of the meeting, Ronnie Sadler, the public relations officer for Trigg Citizens Against Alcohol, said the court should consider not allowing any liquor stores within 1,000 feet of a church or a school.

Trigg County Magistrate Shannon Knight said that such a buffer likely wouldn’t leave many areas in Cadiz for a liquor store.

In other actions, the fiscal court unanimously voted to approve a 25-percent matching grant with the National Resource Conservation Service to remove 10 log jams in the county, to the tune of $14,871.

Humphries said the matching grant can be paid partly or wholly in-kind, and that county workers can work to help remove the log jams as a substitution for paying NRCS.

The court also approved the hiring of a new county police officer, who will work with Quinn as an investigator on cases referred to his office by the Cadiz Police Department or the Trigg County Sheriff’s Department.

Additionally, magistrates voted to participate in the Pennyrile Allied Community Service People Employment Placement (PACS-PEP) program, which will give one unemployed Trigg County woman a job with the county for up to 26 weeks. She will work up to 35 hours a week at $7.25 an hour.

In other business, the court voted to reappoint Penny Wallace to the John L. Street Library Board for another four years.

At the request of Trigg County Senior Citizens Center Director Carolyn Bland and other senior center staff, the court voted to name the road to the new Senior Citizens Center as Joy Lane. The new building is off of East Noel Drive.

The court also approved two $50,000 dollar interfund transfers from the county’s general fund, with one going to the jail fund and the other going to the sheriff’s department.

Magistrates also voted to approve the county’s monthly bills, which included more than $8,000 to Harp Enterprises for their work in the Tuesday, Sept. 29, special election on the alcohol issue.

Trigg County Treasurer Lucy Oliver said their duties included printing and setting up the ballots.
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