Leitchfield may ban bars

By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

The Leitchfield City Council this week approved the first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit certain businesses that sell alcohol, including bars, from opening within the city.

During its regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 7, the City Council was informed by City Attorney Kenneth Smart that a decision needed to be made regarding alcohol sales in the city.

According to Smart, the State Legislature has amended statutes so that Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) now mandates that every wet city and county in Kentucky must now administer at least two Quota Retail Drink licenses, which would be required to open a bar or other business that would serve alcohol, such as a beauty salon, spa, or wine bar.

However, when reviewing the statute, Leitchfield ABC Administrator Kim Sowders discovered a clause that permits the City Council to pass an ordinance prohibiting quota retail drink licenses from being distributed in Leitchfield, according to Smart.

The City Council was given the option of doing nothing, and, after 60 days, the state would advertise and administer two quota retail drink licenses, or passing an ordinance prohibiting the distribution of quota retail drink licenses.

Smart had already prepared such an ordinance, and the City Council authorized him to provide the first reading of it. The City Council then approved the ordinance’s first reading.

Smart said the ordinance addressing quota retail drink licenses has no effect on restaurants or public events.

A second reading must be held before the ordinance may be adopted into law, and, should the City Council decide against passing the ordinance, a second reading does not have to be held.

A date for the second reading has not yet been announced.

Additionally, Smart said that, if the ordinance is enacted, it can be undone at a later date.

In other business:

*Leitchfield Chief of Police Kevin Henderson recognized the service of David Riley and Norma Brown, both of whom retired from the Leitchfield Police Department last Monday, July 31.

Riley retired as Assistant Leitchfield Chief of Police after 25 years of service, and Brown retired with over 30 years of service.

Henderson also announced that he appointed Bryan Langdon the new Assistant Leitchfield Chief of Police and named Brandon Cook Captain on Thursday, Aug. 3.

*After an extended discussion, the City Council voted to accept the Planning Commission’s recommendation to rezone the Charles Givens estate, located at 1955 Beaver Dam Rd. a B-1 commercial property.

The applicant for the rezoning, Randy Carter, requested that the property be rezoned from an R-1 residential property to a C-1 commercial property, but the Planning Commission opted to recommend the property be rezoned to a B-1, which is more restrictive but permits the construction of an assisted living facility, which was Carter’s intent.

The City Council then voted to approve the first reading of an ordinance rezoning the property from an R-1 to a B-1.

*Leitchfield Public Works Director Sheila Puckett announced that Public Works, Zoning, and Recycling are now officially operating out of the new location at 510 South English St.

The office is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 270-259-6363.

*Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson reported that Leitchfield Aquatic Center (LAC) has officially switched to its back to school hours of operation.

LAC is now open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for lap lane use only; on Friday evenings from 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

This schedule will continue through Sunday, Sept. 3.

*The City Council entered into executive session to discuss industrial property.

Upon returning to regular session, Smart said, the Council was updated on ongoing industrial recruitment, and no action was taken or necessary.

*The City Council approved a change order for England Plumbing deducting $906.77.

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