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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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Treasurer Melinda Quinn, Co. Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin

2016-05-19 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin, left, conferred with incoming Adair County Treasurer Melinda Quinn following Thursday's special called session of the Adair Fiscal Court. Quinn officially assumes the duties of treasurer on May 25, 2016.

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Magistrate Terry Hadley reads from prepared statement

2016-05-19 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, (c).
Seventh District Magistrate Terry Hadley read from a prepared statement before moving that the court amend the ABC ordinance to include Sunday sales, from 1am-10pmCT, in both restaurants and stores, the same as the ordinance for the City of Columbia. That motion failed 5-3, with only Magistrate Greg Caldwell and CJE Mike Stephens voting for the amendment. The five other magistrates, Harold Burton (1), Daryl Flatt (2), Sammy Baker (3), Perry Reeder (4), and Billy Dean Coffey (5) voted against that amendment. - EW

TERRY HADLEY'S STATEMENT: - "I am going to make a motion for an amendment to the ordinance for alcohol sales on Sunday, from 1pm to 10pm. The reason being is that with the amendment it will open the door to many possibilities in Adair County.

"I represent the people in District 7 who elected me. I also represent the people in Adair County! When I go to confernces in Louisville, Lexington, and Frankfort, they don't ask what district I'm from. They ask me what county!. The tages they give you to wear have our name and county on them.

"As one of the magistrates it's my responsibility to vote on actions and ordinances that affect the future of Adair County. The result of our vote this morning will havde a bearing on the future of Adair County's budget, business opportunities, employees' salaries, etc. Once the vote is taken on this issue, that very moment the result can never be changed. People are waiting! When the result is known they will make their decisions on the direction they wiill be takingtoday, right now, and from now on.

"Adair County could lose one of the biggest opportunities for growth today. Thank you, Terry Hadley"

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