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Sunday sales request to be altered before vote taken

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Request would allow Sunday sales to extend to 10 p.m. in county

By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - For the past couple of years, owners of Little Rick’s bar and grill in Lebanon Junction have been lobbying for help.

They have asked Bullitt Fiscal Court for the ability to sell alcohol on Sunday.
The fifth-class municipality of Lebanon Junction does not have the power to change alcohol laws - whether the council wanted to or not.
But, if Bullitt Fiscal Court makes any alterations to state law, it would be in effect for the entire county.
The latest plea may have paid off.
But, there has been a change of plans since the last fiscal court meeting.
Bullitt Fiscal Court was set to hold a public hearing at its July 15 meeting on allowing Sunday sales for beer, alcohol by the drink and package liquor.
In the past, the county has allowed small farm wineries to have sales on Sunday, as well as sampling at distilleries, like Jim Beam.
This time, the amendment to the 2013 ordinance would open the door for Sunday sales throughout the county, unless municipalities of the fourth-class have conflicting ordinances.
According to the ordinance presented, Sunday sales would be limited to Noon until 6 p.m.
However, the ordinance will be redrawn to extend the Sunday hours. A proposal from the Lebanon Junction owners would be to allow sales until 10 p.m. on Sundays.
No first reading has been held and no discussion has been held by court members since the requested change came after the July 1 meeting.
In other court business:
*The court approved zoning changes for the following applicants:
*Strange Enterprises, 2.2 acres on Cabin Creek Drive, IL Light Industrial to R-1 Residential
*Newsome Properties LLC -- 2.5 acres on Millers Lane from Agricultural to R-1 Residential
*Michael Geiger -- 12.6 acres on Cave Hollow Road from Agricultural (non-conforming) to R-1 Residential
*The court approved the hiring of one dispatcher and five EMTs to fill vacancies.
Each will start at $12 per hour.
*The court agreed to the maintenance contract for Davis Computer Repair.
Mark Davis’ company provides computer assistance for the detention center.
*The court approved the tax rate set by the Bullitt County Board of Health.
The tax rate remains at 2.4 cents per $100 of assessed property.
*The reappointment of David Blakeman to the Southeast Bullitt Fire Protection Board did not pass.
There was a deadlock at 2-2 on the recommendation of Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts.
The court did vote unanimously to approve reappointments of Joyce Manning and Martha Underwood to the Bullitt County Library Board of Trustees.
*The speed limit on Beech Valley Court was set at 20 miles per hour by the court members.
*With the time available to get the project done earlier than expected, the court approved spending $92,000 from the reserve account to pave the rest of Applegate Run Road.
*Two changes were made to the recently adopted budget for 2014-15.
Deputy judge Lisa Craddock said that the first dealt adding $400 back into the building maintenance fund for the animal shelter.
The second would involve putting a line item into the jail account for home incarceration program contract costs. The $35,000 added would be for the monitoring fees.
Both were needed to balance the budget and the expense would be taken out of the reserve account.
*County attorney Monica Robinson reported that the recent state Supreme Court decision was something that may have an impact across the country.
While some pinpointed the decision as striking down the smoking ban imposed by the Bullitt County Board of Health, Robinson said that was never the point of the litigation.
The county and the eight cities filed suit because they felt that an administrative body of unelected officials did not have the right to make laws.
While justice William Cunningham gave an in-depth opinion where he praised the efforts of the health board for trying to do something to stop a very unhealthy practice, he said the board just did not have those rights to impose a ban.
“It has nothing to do about smoking,” said Robinson. “It never did.”
With the unanimous opinion, Robinson said it could send shock waves across the country.
Just six days later, she said a court ruled in New York that the health board could not regulate the size of soft drinks being sold.
“Where will this stop?” said Robinson.
She especially praised the late Norman Lemme who worked diligently on the research for the lawsuit.
Being a non-smoker, Robinson said she would love to see some family members stop the habit. But she said Bullitt County Board of Health members shouldn’t be the ones to make that happen.
She praised the work done by the health department. But she agreed with the state ruling that the board just exceeded its authority.
At the same time, Robinson said there is nothing preventing any board, group or citizen from asking their legislative bodies to take some action.
Bullitt Fiscal Court previously imposed a ban on smoking within its governmental properties. But that ban had no barring on non-county government buildings.
The next meeting of the Bullitt Fiscal Court will be on Tuesday, July 15, at 9:30 a.m. at the courthouse.
The public is invited.