Trigg County Alcohol Administrator Jay Geiger said the businesses – Trip’s Liquors at 1120 Canton Road, Main Street Liquors at 317 Main St., Trigg County Liquors at 98 Glenwood Mill Road, Higgins Liquors at 351 Canton Lane and Handy Korner Spirits at 8976 Rockcastle Road – received notification by letters dated March 8.
Trip’s, which was previously Hamtown Restaurant, is owned by Joey Allen, who also owns Ham Town Stop and Go, a convenience store set to open soon. Dan and Lisa Ruzicka own Main Street Liquors, which will be in the building most previously known as Buster’s Dairy Dip. Henry Higgins will own Higgins Liquors near Lake Barkley on U.S. 68. Handy Korner Spirits will be located inside Handy Korner Market, which is owned by Rick and Sharon Chidester.
Geiger said, based on information he believed to be correct at the time, that Trigg County Liquors, owned by Brandon Oliver, would be located inside the Montgomery voting district. However, after consulting Monday with Trigg County Clerk Wanda Thomas, Geiger confirmed that the address is actually in the South Cadiz No. 1 district. Had Oliver’s license been for a location in Montgomery, the license would not have become valid until the Kentucky Supreme Court rules on whether the precinct can hold a referendum on allowing alcohol sales.
“The precinct boundary lines have the potential to move, so that may be where some of the confusion came in,” Geiger said. “It was an oversight on my part. I had asked some people I thought would know, and they were adamant that it would be within the Montgomery district, but they may have been going off of information from past district lines.”
Montgomery and South Cadiz No. 1 are seperated by an imaginary North-South line beginning near the former Johnson Control building and ending at Little River near Ky. 274. That would place Oliver’s building on Glenwood Mill Road approxiamtely one mile inside the South Cadiz No. 1 district.
The current district boundary lines for the entire county have been in place since 2002. Thomas said the county’s election board reviews the precincts each time new census data becomes available, meaning the boundaries could change again in 2011 or 2012. Thomas said the board also has the authority to review and make changes to the boundaries if a sudden and obvious change in population occurs.
“We have to equalize the population for representation for magisterial districts,” Thomas said. “The west side toward [Lake Barkley] has grown more, and the east side is more farmland. The west side has more of the county’s new population, where the east side hasn’t gained any or has lost some.”
Geiger said each of the businesses is at a different stage of preparedness for operation but that he expects Higgins to be ready to open within the next week or so. Once an owner finishes work on their building, an investigator from Frankfort will perform an inspection. Upon a successful inspection, the business will be allowed to open.
Geiger said all five businesses should be ready to open within the next few weeks.