Four months after proposal defeated, Shepherdsville City Council again considers Sunday liquor sales

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Four months to the week after the original bid to extend alcohol sales was defeated, Shepherdsville officials again have the proposal on the plate.

A vote could come at the Monday, Dec. 9, meeting.

For a second time in the past five months, the Shepherdsville City Council will have two proposals that would allow the sale of malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits in certain locations on Sundays.

In the previous vote, mayor Sherman Tinnell broke a tie in both proposals by voting against the measures. Councilmembers Trina Summers, Stacey Dawson Cline and Faith Portman were in favor of the additional sales opportunity while Tony Miller, Bonnie Enlow and Margaret Moore were opposed.

On Monday, councilmembers had no public discussion on the two ordinances read by city attorney Bill Wilson.

The most wide-sweeping ordinance would allow alcohol sales in restaurants which had 70 percent of their gross receipts in food sales.

The establishment must seat at least 100 people and would be allowed to sell alcohol from 1-11 p.m. on Sundays. This is one hour shorter than the previous ordinance.

The second ordinance dealt only with USGA-certified 18-hole golf courses located in precinct 18A, which is the Cedar Grove area.

The provision would allow the sell of alcohol until 10 p.m. on Sundays.

There is currently just a single business - Heritage Hills - that would qualify under the provisions of the ordinance.

During the public hearing in July, the discussions were much less heated than in prior years, which drew the praise of the Rev. Randy Pace. While against the proposal to add Sunday sales, the local minister was pleased that both sides were able to have rational discussions.

Those in favor of the added sales pointed to the need for more sit-down restaurants that would be more likely to locate in the community with Sunday liquor sales.

The opponents pointed to comments that added liquor sales may not be a factor in such businesses coming to Shepherdsville. Some mentioned that economic development could come in different ways that don't rely on alcohol.

Neither measure would change the Sunday ban on package liquor and beer sales.

Tinnell said his mind hadn't changed on the matter.

Unless a special meeting is called, the Dec. 9 meeting is expected to be the last of the year as the Christmas week gathering has been cancelled in the past. In January, four new councilmembers will join incumbents Enlow and Miller on the board.

Anyone wishing to speak on the matter must sign up prior to the 6:30 p.m. start of the meeting on Monday, Dec. 9. The meeting will be at city hall on Conestoga Parkway.