The City of Leitchfield will officially go “wet” and allow the sale of alcoholic beverages following the special local option election held on Tuesday, June 21.
Additionally, locally owned Arbor Stone Vineyards, LLC will be permitted to sell wine.
Of the 1,206 votes cast in the wet/dry vote, 682 (56.55 percent) “Yes” votes were cast, and 524 (43.45 percent) “No” votes were cast.
Of the 279 votes cast in the winery vote, 162 (58.06 percent) were in favor of allowing Arbor Stone Vineyards to sell wine, and 117 (41.94 percent) were against allowing Arbor Stone Vineyards to sell wine.
In total, 1,388 of the 4,000 individuals eligible to vote in Tuesday’s election cast ballots, for a 34 percent voter turnout, according to Grayson County Clerk Sherry Weedman.
Election results by precinct are as follows:
Winery: 4 Yes; 3 No
Wet/Dry: 30 Yes; 19 No
Wet/Dry: 79 Yes; 89 No
Wet/Dry: 45 Yes; 32 No
Wet/Dry: 19 Yes; 14 No
Wet/Dry: 313 Yes; 201 No
Winery: 158 Yes; 114 No
Wet/Dry: 51 Yes; 45 No
Wet/Dry: 137 Yes; 114 No
Wet/Dry: 8 Yes; 10 No
The Leitchfield City Council will be responsible for drafting a city alcohol ordinance.
Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason said the city is currently looking at alcohol ordinances from cities comparable to the size of Leitchfield while preparing its own ordinance.
The city’s ordinance must be finished and approved by the state before Monday, Aug. 22, according to Thomason.
Prior to Aug. 22, no alcohol licenses will be given out by the city, Thomason said.
Given the size of Leitchfield’s population, the city will be able to give out two licenses for liquor stores; however, Thomason said, the city can request a third.
Convenience stores will be able to apply for licenses to sell alcoholic beverages, as well; however, there will be restrictions on how the alcohol can be sold.
“It’s going to be well controlled,” said Thomason.
Some local residents recently expressed concern that voting to make the City of Leitchfield go wet would result in the opening of bars locally; however, the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (KDABC) said this is not necessarily the case.
According to the KDABC, a bar must have a quote retail drink license (QD) in order to sell liquor and wine to patrons, but the KDABC cannot issue a QD license in a wet city with less than 8,000 residents.
Leitchfield has a population of around 6,800 residents.
The KDABC states that restaurants with 50 percent food sales and seating for 50 guests will be able to obtain a different license type—a non-quota type 2 retail drink license (NQ2)—to sell alcoholic beverages to guests, but bars do not qualify for a NQ2 license.
A petition may be submitted to hold another local option election in the City of Leitchfield in three years, should petitioners wish to overturn this week’s vote.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.