During the public comments portion, Jeremy Ross of the Arrowhead Golf Course said he wants to be able to serve alcoholic beverages but can’t, because the golf course isn’t a traditional restaurant and doesn’t receive 40 percent of its income from food.
“We are a non-restaurant facility, technically speaking,” Ross said. “What we’re wanting to try to do is ... to get the same structure as what’s at the state level in regards to our type of facility.”
Ross said he hoped the fiscal court would look at modifying the alcohol ordinance that it passed in late December to allow the golf course to sell alcoholic beverages by the drink, because he wants to be competitive with nearby courses in other counties which are able to serve such beverages.
Ross told magistrates that he already has quite a few bookings in place and stands to lose many of them if he can’t serve people alcohol like other golf courses are already able to do. He also said the issue is less about beer sales and more about increasing play at the golf course.
“I’ve got 10 already booked right now, and stand to lose over half of those if I can’t get this settled,” said Ross.
Humphries told Ross that he will look at his request and might make a future recommendation to the fiscal court.
Trigg County Magistrate asked Ross if beer companies like Budweiser would sponsor tournaments on his golf course and place large advertisements on the property. Ross said he was more worried about “getting corporate outings.”
If Arrowhead, and any other golf course in Trigg County, is allowed to serve alcohol and able to grow and add jobs, it would help the county, Ross said.
– The fiscal court unanimously agreed to seek state relief funding of up to $100,000 for debris removal and cleanup from last year’s ice storm when it met last Tuesday evening.
The resolution states that the county government will submit a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application for Community Emergency Relief Funding (CERF) for up to $100,000.
Humphries said they are only seeking for roughly $22,000, and only want what they weren’t reimbursed for by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
In other business, the fiscal court approved the Trigg County Sheriff’s Department’s 2010 budget, its 2009 fee account settlement and its deputies’ salary cap.
Clark explained the sheriff’s department’s 2010 budget estimate of $495,428, stating that it’s roughly the same as it was last year. One exception, he said, is that last year, security for the justice center didn’t start until the last part of August, while they will have a full year for the new budget. Clark also set a salary cap of $317,700 for his employees.
The court also approved the annual settlement for the Trigg County Clerk’s Office. Trigg County Clark Wanda Thomas said that her department had $2,988,789 worth or receipts last year, compared to the $3,304,669 worth of receipts that the department received in 2008.
Humphries said the Cadiz-Trigg County Tourism Commission, the Economic Development Commission and the Chamber of Commerce held a joint meeting earlier in the day to talk about combing efforts to recruit more tourism-related business and industry into the area.
The judge executive said leaders from the three groups will meet again on March 4, and added that a Community Vision meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Cadiz Renaissance Center, from 5 – 7 p.m.
– Humphries also briefly gave an update on construction of the new Trigg County Senior Citizens Center, stating that although construction has been delayed by the snow, it is still coming along nicely.
The court also paid its monthly bills. Among the notable bills are one for $4,896 to Harper Brothers Construction for the last round of storm debris cleanup, $12,075 to the Christian County Treasurer for the housing of Trigg County inmates, $2,793 to the Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force for dues and $250 to the Cadiz Merchants Association for a donation for Civil War Days.
Also approved were the last meeting’s minutes and the monthly statement. Trigg County Treasurer Lucy Oliver said one new addition to the financial statement is an Alcohol Beverage Control escrow, which currently sits at more than $8,200.