The group met at the Lake Barkley State Resort Park Lodge to talk about ways to spread the word and gather more signatures, including meeting in Cadiz, holding a picnic, setting up a booth during the 400-Mile Yard Sale and attending the Cadiz Cruise In this weekend.
“It was determined that our next meeting should have a more welcoming feel to it, so [the next meeting] will be held at [the West Cadiz Park0 on June 17 at 6 p.m.,” said member Jan Culwell.
According to the Grow Trigg website, at www.growtrigg.com, as of Sunday, June 7, there were 1,075 signatures. Culwell updated that number to !,082 on Monday.
Grow Trigg officials said at the meeting, which had about 50 people in attendance, that they will stick to the facts of the issues when trying to gather signatures because, they said, their opposition cannot argue with black and white facts.
The group also talked about what Culwell called misinformation concerning the possible presence of bars in the city or county should the vote go in Grow Trigg’s favor. It was said at the meeting that according to Nathan Jones at the state Alcohol Beverage Commission office, as a Class Five county, there can be no bars at all in Trigg County.
“We have much in common with our opponents,” Culwell said. “We don’t want public intoxication; we don’t want drunk driving; we don’t want underage drinking. These things are all illegal and we do not condone them.”
However, Trigg County is dry and still has its share of alcohol-related incidents, added Culwell. “This is a dry county … another county gets the revenue to deal with these incidents.”
Linda Humbert, Toni Martinazzi and Dan Quick created signs to be posted to advertise the organization. During the meeting, a member suggested that signs have a more pointed message, although many agreed to post the signs created by Humbert, Martinazzi and Quick.
There are 10,020 registered voters in the county, and of that, 6,620 voters, or 66.2 percent, voted in the last presidential selection, according to the county clerk’s office. And 25 percent of the number of voters that participated in the last election are required to have signed toe petition for it to be legitimate.
Although the group would only need 1,655 signatures according to that rule, group leader Ken Culwell has stated that he wants at least 1,800 signatures in order to make sure he has enough because the signatures will need to be verified.