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Columbia City Council approves 2nd Reading of ABC Ordinance

Ordinance unchanged from 1st Reading except for naming of Acting ABC Commissioner. Mayor Hardwick appointed City Clerk Rhonda Loy to that position and that was approved in the second reading. For highlights of the types of licenses, fees, and taxes, see Columbia City Council has 1st reading of ABC ordinance. City Ordinance, unlike county's includes Sunday sales from 1pm-10pmCT.
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By Ed Waggener

The Columbia City Council met at 5pmCT, Wednesday, May 18, 2016 and approved a second reading of an Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance, unchanged in its content from the first reading except for the naming of a acting ABC commissioner. Rhonda Loy, City Clerk have those duties until a permanent commissioner is appointed by Mayor Curtis Hardwick. That appointment, Mayor Hardwick said, is his prerogative, and is not subject to Council approval.

Approval for the ordinance came on a motion by Council Member Craig Dean, with a second by Mark Harris. The vote was 5-0 with Council Members Linda Waggener, Dr. Ron Rogers, and Craig Lasley joining in affirming. Council Member Charles Grimsley was not present.

The ordinance differs from the one working its way through Adair County Fiscal Court as it relates to Sunday Sales. The City of Columbia ordinance allows sales on Sunday from 1pmCT until 10pmCT.

Mayor Hardwick said he is unsure how soon sales can begin, but will be talking with ABC officials tomorrow and will announce it as soon as he has definite information.

Present at the meeting in addition to the Mayor, the five council members, City Attorney Marshall Loy, and City Clerk Rhonda Loy, already mentioned, were Chief Jason Cross, members of the press and two parties interested in obtaining licenses, Lila Ford, already within the city limits; and John Thomas, in the county who has expressed interest in being annexed into the city should the county fail to amend the ABC Ordinance which will receive a second reading on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 9amCT, at the Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY.

A complete copy of the 20 page ordinance can be examined at City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY during regular business hours. A copy may be requested pursuant to Kentucky's Open Records laws; it is not yet posted online on the City's website.

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Tiny Building on Fortune Street was once a dispensary

2012-06-05 - E. Fortune Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
A LITTLE SCOTT JOPLIN, IN REMEMBRANCE OF PROHIBITION, TOO, PLEASE. Happy Days Were Here Again, Once, Here, at the little white building on Fortune Street now used by the City Street Department. Right after the 21st Amendment was ratified in 1933, the 18th Amendment, was repealed, and Adair County was briefly wet. This was the Seth White dispensary. Grover Gilpin says that there were at least four dispensaries around Columbia at the time: Preston and Otha Miller operated a store on Russell Road, there was Epps Place on the Square, and the Tom Tabor ran a dispensary on Hudson Street. The stores operated for a very brief time until a local option law made the town officially, but not actually, dry again. Now the little building stands as an unmarked monument to those days. (Please email comments and additional information to: This wasn't Tom Tabor's Dispensary, but the picture from our files raised a question in Joe DeSpain's mind as to whether our late Tom Tabor is the same Tom Tabor who operated, briefly, a dispensary in Greensburg, KY. See>Was Greensburg's Tom Tabor same as Columbia's Tom Tabor? Clicking ReadMore accesses his Query

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City Council prepares for second reading of ABC Ordinance

2016-05-19 - City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, (c).
The Columbia City Council unanimously approved the second reading of the City's ABC Ordinance last night, Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Above, from left, Council Members Dr. Ron Rogers, Mark D. Harris, City Clerk Rhonda Loy, Mayor Curtis Hardwick, City Attorney Marshall Loy, and Council Members Craig Dean, Linda Waggener, and Craig Lasley. Mayor Hardwick is checking today, Thursday, with the Kentucky ABC to see when the earliest sales of malt beverage products can begin.

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