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Sunday beer sales in county?

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Sales would be allowed in all parts of county if OK’d

By Thomas Barr

 LEBANON JUNCTION - Could the sell of beer be allowed on Sundays in Bullitt County?

A restaurant owner in Lebanon Junction has again approached Bullitt Fiscal Court for that right.

But, if fiscal court would approve such a measure, it would be for the entire county.

Rick Clark, a partner with his father in Little Rick’s in Lebanon Junction, has approached fiscal court on several occasions since the restaurant opened over two years ago.

Since the city of Lebanon Junction is a fifth-class municipality due to its population, it does not have the ability to regulate alcohol sales.

Fiscal Court approved Sunday sales for small farm wineries and sampling at the Jim Beam facility.

Several cities have approved Sunday hours for alcohol by the drink and package sales.

But for the unincorporated areas of the county, there is no sale of package liquor or beer.

Magistrate Ruthie Ashbaugh was ready to make a motion to allow beer sales after 1 p.m. in the city of Lebanon Junction.

However, county attorney Monica Meredith Robinson said it wasn’t as simple as passing a motion.

There must be an ordinance proposed, a public hearing held and a vote taken.

Also, last summer, a number of changes were made to the state’s alcoholic beverage laws.

If the county wants to propose an ordinance, it can be done and certain restrictions, such as food sales, may be imposed.

While not able to provide legal advice for the restaurant owner, Robinson said that there would be an application process, if the fiscal court did approve such a measure.

Ashbaugh requested the county attorney prepare a draft ordinance to allow the sale of beer on Sundays.