The Leitchfield City Council heard and approved the first reading of the City of Leitchfield Alcohol Beverage Control Ordinance on Monday evening, July 18.
City Attorney Kenneth Smart provided the first reading of a summary of the more than 20-page Leitchfield Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Ordinance during the City Council’s regular meeting on Monday.
Per the ordinance, licenses to sell alcohol will be issued by the city only to those whom or which qualify for licenses under Kentucky law.
Smart said the city will accept applications and forward applications that qualify on to the ABC in Frankfort, which will make the final decision as to whether a person or business may sell alcohol.
Upon notice from the state, licenses may then be issued to applicants.
Before an application may be considered, the applicant must first publish a notice of his, her, or its intent to apply for an alcohol beverage license in a newspaper meeting specified requirements and must contain the information to be verified.
The applicant will attach to the application a newspaper clipping of the advertisement, along with a non-refundable $50.00 application fee.
License fees will vary by type. For example, a Class A Rectifier’s license, per annum, will be $3,000.00; a wholesaler’s distilled spirits and wine license, per annum, will be $3,000.00; and a Quota Retail package license, per annum, will be $1,000.00.
Because of the size of Leitchfield’s population, the city will be able to issue two quota retail package licenses for liquor stores, but any and all convenience stores in Leitchfield will also be able to apply for licenses.
Bars will not be permitted.
Sales of alcohol may be made Monday through Saturday between 6:00 a.m. and 12 a.m. (midnight) and on Sunday between 12:00 p.m. and 12 a.m. (midnight), except on New Year’s Eve when sales may be made until 2:00 a.m.
No alcohol sales are permitted during hours polls are open on any Election Day.
The Mayor of Leitchfield will appoint the City Clerk to serve as the City ABC Administrator, whom may appoint additional personnel as necessary to assist him or her.
The yearly alcohol sales license term, per the ordinance, is Feb. 1 to Jan. 31.
Licensees will be expected to “take reasonable steps to discourage unlawful activity and must provide adequate outside lighting.”
No gambling or maintenance of police radios are permitted on licensed premises, and no licensee may sell to persons under 21 years of age and must display a visible sign prohibiting such sales.
Patio and outdoor alcohol sales are permitted through the ordinance provided they are done so in a “clearly defined area enclosed by screening which has been approved by [the] City ABC Administrator.”
Additionally, local events, such as the Grayson County Fair or the Freedom and Fiddling Festival, may apply for special temporary licenses to sell alcohol, according to City Clerk Kim Sowders.
Pursuant to Kentucky Revised Statute 243.075, there will be imposed a regulatory license fee upon the gross receipts of each and every person or entity licensed by the City ABC Administrator. The initial regulatory license fee will be 6 percent of gross sales of alcoholic beverages.
Smart said applications for licenses to sell alcohol cannot be submitted until Monday, Aug. 22 (60 days after the wet vote passed). Any that are submitted prior to this date will not be considered.
Following the first reading of the Leitchfield ABC Ordinance, the City Council voted to approve it, as well as authorize the city to open a checking account for the ABC funds.
Smart said the money the city derives from the sale of alcoholic beverages must go into a special fund that can be used for only a limited number of purposes. It cannot go into the city’s general fund.
The second reading of the City of Leitchfield’s ABC Ordinance is expected to be held at its next meeting on Monday, Aug. 1. If it is approved, it will be published and go into effect thereafter.
Leitchfield voted to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages in a special local option election held on Tuesday, June 21.
In other business:
*The City Council, based on Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason’s recommendation, voted to transfer control of the Leitchfield Animal Shelter from Leitchfield Public Works to the Leitchfield Police Department.
Additionally, Thomason announced that the city will begin taking applications for a Leitchfield Animal Shelter Director and a Leitchfield Animal Control Officer.
Leitchfield Chief of Police Kevin Henderson said his department will next begin looking to other agencies to learn the best practices for operating an animal shelter.
While the application process is going on to hire an Animal Control Officer, the city will utilize Public Works to pick up stray animals.
*The City Council voted to send the Leitchfield smoking ordinance to Smoke-Free Kentucky for review.
*The City Council heard and approved proclamations presenting Keys to the City of Leitchfield to Jimmy Mattingly and Elvie Shane.
*The City Council approved a change order from Scotty’s Contracting for the Ball Park Complex project.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.