Also discussed were rumors that two Trigg County precincts are currently circulating petitions in an attempt to vote those precincts dry, but Grow Trigg member Linda Humbert said that because nothing can be done unless a petition is turned in to the Trigg County Clerk’s Office, the discussion was tabled.
Grow Trigg Vice-Chair Jan Culwell told the 40-person group that new jobs have already been generated as a result of the alcohol referendum, which was held on Tuesday, Sept. 29 and passed by 36 votes.
El Bracero has hired carpenters, electricians, painters and more wait staff in order to remodel the room where the Grow Trigg meeting was held.
Humbert said that other local businesses are currently in the process of expanding and remodeling buildings to prepare for the opening of new restaurants and/or retail stores once alcoholic beverage licenses are issued, which has been estimated to be February or March 2010.
Grow Trigg President Ken Culwell told fellow members that the first reading of the proposed alcohol ordinance will be held at the Trigg County Recreation Complex Center at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23.
Humbert said members of the groups executive committee were invited to attend a preliminary meeting at Trigg County Attorney H.B. Quinn’s office Thursday to provide input on the proposed ordinance.
Culwell said that although he had requested printed copies of the drafted ordinance, the request was denied because Quinn had concerns that the information would be leaked to the media, and he didn’t want that to happen yet.
Quinn and Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries had also invited representatives from Trigg Citizens Against Alcohol for a similar meeting last Monday, Culwell said, adding that the ordinance is currently being worked on.
Culwell also stated that the ordinance must specify distilled spirits by the glass in restaurants as beer and wine are already accepted, and went on to say that the county must specify that there is to be a local tax on alcoholic beverages in the ordinance.
The group also discussed a resolution that was approved by the Cadiz City Council last Tuesday to have Cadiz reclassified as a fourth class city. It is currently a fifth class city.
If the Kentucky General Assembly passes the bill and the governor signs it, it will become law and Cadiz will be reclassified in 2010, said Humbert, who has volunteered to research what the change could mean to the county in terms of both alcohol beverage regulations and general state benefits.