Request made to allow MW liquor licenses to be used at another site

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By Mary Barczak

 Local business owners in Mount Washington have proposed a revision to the alcohol ordinance so that they can serve alcoholic beverages in areas besides their own buildings.

Sheri Dattilo of Competitor Ink addressed the city council Monday night on behalf of some local businesses to ask the council to consider removing section A from the ordinance which restricts the location of where businesses with liquor licenses can serve alcohol.

“This would allow businesses to partner in our community to raise money,” she said.

If ammended, Dattilo said businesses could set up beer gardens and or have other entertaiment events downtown and be able to serve alcohol.

“This would keep people in our community for community events instead of going to Jefferson County,” she said.

Dattilo said she thinks this would also help to draw a different demographic of people.

City attorney Matthew Lemme said Dattilo’s suggestion came at a good time because the state Senate recently revised Senate Bill 13, which addresses the sale of alcohol and liquor licenses, the city’s ordinance will have to be revised.

He told the council that the city ABC officer will go to training to learn about the new statutes in August.

Councilman Greg Gentry said he didn’t think that the ammendment would be a “big deal” or “used excessively.”

“I think it would be used for special events Sheri said,” he said.

The council seemed to agree to consider the suggestion when revising the city’s ordinance.

Other items that were discussed at the meeting:

In the mayor’s report, Joetta Calhoun told the council that the city will be releasing records to the collection agency Credit Clearing House of America July 1 so that it can try to collect on unpaid water bills. She said the agency will get 40 percent of the collection and then the rest will go back to the city.

Calhoun said the city auditor brought to her attention that the franchise bank deposit tax has been the same since 1996 at .0191 percent. Calhoun     suggested the council raise it to .025 percent which result in about $12 to $14,000 more a year. The council agreed for an ordinance to be drawn up with the increase.

Calhoun was happy that the state lifted one of its unfunded mandates. The city used to have to send out a letter to every one of its water customers but now they had do it electronically through their homepage, which will save money and time, she said.

Calhoun said she checked into estimates for brick pavers which would be placed in front of People’s Bank and it would cost $30,000. The council agreed that was too expensive and to check into possibly staining the concrete instead to look like bricks to blend in with the sidewalk.

Lori Puchino, director of the Main Street program, told the council the famrer’s market has drawn crowds in the hundreds the last couple of weekends. She asked for the ordinance about the market to be revised to allow all counties in Kentucky to participate and sell their wares. She also said the last Music on Main was a success with about 70 people in attendance even though it was hot.

Lemme mentioned the federal mandate, which will require all cities to replace signs with reflective ones, is due to the number of driving fatalities at night and new cars which is giving people different views of the road. The mandate will include stop, speed limit and historic signs to be replaced. The original deadline for cities to complete this was 2008 but now the governement just wants cities to have a plan for replacment in play by 2014, he said. “We have to make a plan in the next couple of months,” Lemme said.

The council had the first reading of an ammendment to concealed carry ordinance. Due to a recent lawsuit, the council thought it necessary to strike some language from the ordinance which defines what a building is.  Lemme said he did not see anything wrong with the wording, but since the definition does address “any structure, wehicle, watercraft or aircraft,” which the city does not have any of, it was better to strike it.

The next city council meeting will be July 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the city annex. The public is invited to attend.