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SHEPHERDSVILLE - Establishments meeting the requirements of the ordinance will soon have an opportunity to sell alcohol by the drink in the city of Shepherdsville on Sundays.
After several previous attempts, including two in the past 18 months, the council voted 4-2 to approve the Sunday liquor ordinance.
The decision came after a dozen individuals spoke during a 60-minute discussion.
Some of the capacity crowd applauded, while others could only shake their heads.
Veteran councilman Don Cundiff, who had the distinction of being the deciding vote in the controversial issue, said he had many calls over the past month.
He complimented those who called and spoke on the issue. And he complimented those in attendance Monday night.
A majority of those who contacted him talked about the economic reasons for the measure, which surprised him.
"I'm here to represent the people," said Cundiff, following the meeting.
In reaching his decision, Cundiff said he weighed two major issues.
First, he didn't think it was fair to the other businesses that Paroquet Springs Conference Centre and Heritage Hill Golf Course had the ability to sell alcohol on Sunday. Other businesses didn't have that opportunity.
Second, a majority of the calls centered on the need for an economic boost for the city.
"After a lot of soul searching, I'll vote for it," said Cundiff.
He added that he didn't anticipate a lot of problems from the added day of sales.
Other councilmembers who had previously voiced their support for the issue were Larry Hatfield, Scott Ellis and Alan Wetzel.
Hatfield said alcoholism runs deep in his family and he understands the dangers of abuse.
He listened the businesses that state they are losing customers due to the inability to serve alcohol on Sunday.
"I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't listen to the people," said Hatfield.
Ellis and Wetzel both helped organize a simulated ballot in early December. Both said prior to the vote, they would support whatever the majority of the people wanted.
In that election, 75 percent of the 323 who voted were in favor of Sunday sales.
"My vote is yes," said Ellis.
Wetzel said, "Folks had the opportunity to come out."
He felt the vote was representative of the city because those people took the time to come out to vote.
"We took our question to the people," said Wetzel.
Councilman Tony Miller, another veteran town board member who has faced this issue on several occasions, said he couldn't vote for Sunday sales.
He called it a "difficult thing" but he met his wife 48 years ago and she led him to his faith in God.
Councilmember Bonnie Enlow said her faith in God would not allow her to vote for Sunday sales.
She said God has been pushed out of school and government but she couldn't let him be shoved away from the Sabbath Day on Sunday.
Enlow said the mock election did not give a clear picture as many residents had better things to do.
With the 4-2 vote to approve the ordinance, mayor Sherman Tinnell avoided what had happened on two prior occasions - breaking a tie vote.
He said people knew where he stood as he voted against the measure previously. He appreciated the loyalty of all councilmembers for their beliefs.
"The council has spoken," said Tinnell.