Shepherdsville ‘ballot’ to let people vote on alcohol sales

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Election to be held on Dec. 3, 4 at city hall to give public input

By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE -- While it carries no legal weight, the registered voters of Shepherdsville will have an opportunity to tell city leaders what they think about the sale of alcohol on Sundays.

An advisory ballot will be conducted on Thursday, Dec. 3, and on Friday, Dec. 4, at city hall.

According to a resolution unanimously approved by the council on Monday to conduct the sample ballot, the polling place would be open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday and from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Friday.

City attorney Bill Wilson said there would be three people at the polling place at all times.

Those wishing to vote must be registered to cast a ballot and live within the city limits.

The question on the advisory ballot would read: Do you favor the City Council voting to allow restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages in the city of Shepherdsville on Sundays between the hours of 2 p.m. and 10 p.m.? Yes or No.

Councilman Don Cundiff made sure that the outcome did not place any legal burden on the city officials.

Mayor Sherman Tinnell called it a “resolution to get public opinion.”

Wilson said he placed some information in the resolution to give the public and the council some insight into what had been mentioned previously on Sunday sales.

Any restaurant seeking a license would have to seat 100 people and have at least 70 percent of their gross sales coming from food purchases. A license fee of $300 would be imposed in addition to other state and local licenses.

Councilman Scott Ellis, who proposed the mock election earlier this year, said it was decided to do the polling on Thursday and Friday to make it easier to get poll workers.

At the time, Ellis said it was important to get the views of the public. He originally wanted the councilmembers to agree that they would follow the results of the sample ballot no matter the outcome. However, that agreement was never reached.

Each time the sample ballot has been mentioned, councilmembers made it clear that they were not bound by the outcome.

There was no cost estimate on conducting the advisory election.

During 2008, the council held two different votes on Sunday sales. Each time, Tinnell broke the tie by voting against Sunday sales.

The council did vote 4-2 to allow Heritage Hills Golf Course to have limited Sunday sales of alcohol.

The city of Hillview is currently looking at adopting Sunday sales. Mount Washington city officials voted down such a request several years ago.