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HILLVIEW - The sale of alcohol in approved establishments has moved a step closer to reality in one Bullitt County municipality.
The Hillview City Council listened to the first reading of an ordinance allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays.
The ordinance appears ready for a vote at the Monday, Jan. 18, meeting.
Under the ordinance, establishments must have at least 70 percent of their gross annual sales from food purchases and must be able to seat 100 people.
Liquor could be sold from 1 p.m. on Sunday until 2 a.m. on Monday.
The ordinance would also alter the existing hours of operation from Monday through Saturday with a closing time of 2 a.m., instead of the current 4 a.m.
Package liquor stores would not be affected and could not sell on Sundays.
The annual license for Sunday sales would be an additional $300.
City officials received a couple of questions and comments from the audience.
The Rev. Landon Laws, who is the city’s chaplain, inquired whether officials thought about holding a mock election, similar to one recently conducted by Shepherdsville.
Hillview mayor Jim Eadens said that was not considered.
The mayor said the committee assigned to study the ordinance had talked about the issue for several months, along with the entire city council.
The public would have an opportunity to talk prior to passage at the January meeting.
Mark Beard, a Hillview resident who has spoken on the issue on several occasions, said he didn’t think the Sunday sales were supposed to be about the money.
Yet, the ordinance states that this measure was taken to assist economic development.
He didn’t want to see people stop at a restaurant along Interstate 65 and then proceed to drive while drunk.
“If we’re going to do it, let’s do it right,” said Beard.
He agreed with shortening the time of sales to 2 a.m. versus the current 4 a.m.
But he questioned why no one wanting the new ordinance was in attendance at the meeting.
Councilman Randall Hill said he had gotten several calls from people who favored the Sunday sales.
Beard said he respected the work of the council. He said he hadn’t called the churches to rally opposition.
He said he was still opposed to Sunday alcohol sales and he asked the councilmembers to be leaders and not rush a decision in January.
Eadens said it is a controversial issue that hasn’t been brought up for at least seven years.
He said the council had spent a lot of time researching the issue and the ordinances in place in other communities.
The Shepherdsville City Council will also consider Sunday alcohol sales at its Jan. 11 meeting.
In other business:
*Don’t try to solicit products door-to-door in Hillview unless you have the proper credentials.
The council unanimously approved an ordinance regulating solicitation by individuals or groups. The only exception would be non-profit groups, church organizations or politicians.
Anyone wishing to solicit in the city must go to the police station to fill out paperwork.
No sales can be done prior to 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m. and none can be done on Sundays or any national holiday.
Penalties include fines of up to $500.
Police chief Aaron Yates asked for some assistance in regulating individuals who visit door-to-door.
Several other cities in northern Bullitt County are considering similar ordinances.
*Watch what you say or do during a traffic stop.
Hillview has purchased small cameras to be worn by all officers. It would videotape traffic stops and can then be downloaded into the computer.
Eadens said it would be good to protect both the officer and the person pulled over.
The small cameras can be worn on the lapels of officers.
*The council declared two 2000 model police cars as surplus. They will be sold over an internet auction service with a minimum price of $500 on each.
*The dumpster at public works will be open to city residents from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9.
*Terry Bohannon said over 410 food baskets were distributed through Operation Santa.
*The winner of the Light Up Hillview competition was the Smith family at 290 North Steedland Drive. The Dale family at 133 Briarwood was second and the Purtilar family at 178 Tumbleweed was third.
The next meeting of the Hillview City Council will be at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18. The public is invited to attend. To speak on any issue, you must sign up by 7:30 p.m.