Leitchfield bans bars, limits fireworks

By Matt Lasley - mlasley@gcnewsgazette.com

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

The City of Leitchfield, on Monday, Aug. 21, adopted ordinances prohibiting bars from opening and limiting the use of fireworks within the city.

The Leitchfield City Council held the second and final readings of ordinances addressing changes in the state’s Alcohol Beverage Control laws, as well as the ignition of fireworks in the city limits.

The State Legislature amended statutes so that Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) now mandates that every wet city and county in Kentucky is required to 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.

City Attorney Kenneth Smart had already prepared such an ordinance, and the City Council, at its previous meeting approved the first reading of it.

On Aug. 21, the City Council approved the second reading of the ordinance and adopted it into law.

The ordinance states it was established “after dueconsideration and evaluation of the impact such licenses will have upon the community.”

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

Additionally, the City Council heard and approved the second and final reading of an ordinance limiting the use of fireworks in Leitchfield.

The ordinance, now adopted into law, permits fireworks to be used, ignited, fired, or exploded only between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. within the city, with the exception of Dec. 31, Jan. 1, July 3, July 4, and Memorial Day of each year, on which days fireworks may be used between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and midnight.

The limitations of the fireworks ordinance do not apply to events sponsored by municipal, religious, or civic groups to the extent sanctioned by the city.

In other business:

•The City Council entered into executive session to discuss personnel.

Upon returning from executive session, Smart said the City Council had discussed hiring two part-time Leitchfield Fire Department employees.

This expense was budgeted for this fiscal year, and the employees’ hours are not to exceed 20 per week.

The City Council also discussed creating the position of a Parks and Recreation Director to supervise management at Leitchfield Aquatic Center, as well as the new ball park complex and softball program.

The details of this position are expected to be finalized in the coming weeks.

•The City Council authorized the Leitchfield Tourism Commission to move forward with the project to design and build a nine-hole disc golf course in the upper portion of James D. Beville Park around Bobby Bland Way.

•The City Council approved the first reading of the amended Leitchfield alcohol ordinance.

•The City Council approved rezoning the Charles Givens Estate (1955 Beaver Dam Rd.) from an R-1 single family residence to a B-1 neighborhood business.

•The City Council approved paying $300 to B & B Electronics, owned by Benny Baxter, for the purchase of five BaoFeng GT 5-TP mobile radios, at the cost of $60.00 each, for Leitchfield firefighters.

•The City Council voted to name to private roads Shepherd’s Way and Zoe Lane, per the request of Grayson County E-911. Both of these roads are located off of William Thomason Byway.

•City Councilmember Harold Miller presented a report from the Kentucky Hospital Association detailing Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center’s economic impact on the Grayson County community. For more information about this report, see the Saturday, Aug. 26 edition of the Grayson County News-Gazette.

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