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Adair Fiscal Court OKs ABC Ordinance, but no Sunday Sales
- Two amendments considered to local option law. One amendment would have allowed Sunday sales in both restaurants and stores. Second amendment, for sales in restaurants only, failed, but vote tied 4-4. The County ABC ordinance with no changes from first reading, (no Sunday sales) receives 8-0 vote.
- Court votes to pay Division of Forestry bill
- Transition for Treasurers approved. Melinda Quinn takes office as treasurer on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
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By Ed Waggener
Even with a compromise effort by Magistrate Daryl Flatt (District 2), to allow restaurant sales of alcohol sales on Sundays, and despite the Columbia City Council voting for Sunday sales in both restaurants and stores, the Adair Fiscal Court closed out the agenda item with an 8-0 vote on an ordinance barring all Sunday sales.
Early in the special session this morning, Magistrate Terry Hadley read an impassioned statement call for an ordinance mirroring the city one. After receiving a second from CJE Judge Stephens, that amendment failed 5-3, with Magistrates Harold Burton (1), Daryl Flatt (2), Sammy Baker (3), Perry Reeder (4), and Billy Dean Coffey (5) all voting no on a roll call vote.
After that, Magistrate Daryl Flatt offered a compromise to allow Sunday sales in restaurants but not in stores. On this vote, Magistrate Billy Dean Coffey seemed to entertain the idea, but only if he could take the matter up with his constituents, and on the vote for this compromise, Coffey voted no, along with Perry Reeder, Harold Burton, and Sammy Baker.
Baker said he was against any alcohol sales on Sunday. Harold Burton said after the meeting, "I must have had a hundred calls against it from voters in my district," and appeared to be unwavering.
Already, some businesses outside the city are considering asking for annexation in order to have Sunday sales.
Judge Stephens said that he has been contacted privately by retailers who say they would come to Adair County if Sunday sales could be allowed; that some even said they would pull out of even larger communities and open in Columbia, if the ordinance could be passed.
The matter of economic development came up. Anti-Sunday Sales Magistrate Sammy Baker said that he had asked industry recruiters from three cities if any prospective employer had ever asked the recruiters about wet-dry before locating and that none of them had.
Magistrate Hadley said that he had exactly the opposite experience, that at conferences in Louisville, he had been told recruiting of any business is aided when the wet-dry has been settled, and alcoholic beverages can be sold as it is most places in America.
Magistrate Greg Caldwell said that no one in his district had called or told him they were against Sunday sales.
Judge Stephens said "I honor and cherish and respect every voter and I respect their decisions. The Voters were clear in the March 22 election. They voted countywide, and by a large majority, on the question of going wet throughout the county and no restrictions were on the ballot. Their mandate was crystal clear. But today, four magistrates decided their own prejudices and opinions trumped the will of the people. It was a sad day for Adair County."
Court votes to authorize 2016 statement for Division of Forestry
The court unanimously voted to pay a statement received for the Division of Forestry. The vote was 8-0.
Authorization for Treasurer Transition Training
The court unanimously voted to approve training for new County Treasurer Melinda Quinn, and approved a change in check signing authorization, and the transition from outgoing treasurer Barry Corbin, whose last day is May 23, 2016, to Melinda Quinn, who officially takes office as treasurer on May 24.
This story was posted on 2016-05-19 10:48:22
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