Shelby County Fiscal Court: New alcohol ordinance gets final OK

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By Lisa King

Shelby County’s revised alcohol ordinance received its official stamp of approval Monday with the passage of the document’s second reading.

The Shelby County Fiscal Court, during a special called meeting on Monday morning, voted unanimously with no further changes from the ordinance it first head read early last week.

The county’s existing ordinance was amended to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages on Election Day when the polls are open.

Otherwise, the revisions have been in the works since August, when magistrates voted to hire an independent law firm, McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland of Lexington, to help them update that ordinance to be in compliance with a new state law.

The required changes are because of the passage of Senate Bill 13, which incorporated all of the recommendations from a task force convened by Gov. Steve Beshear, which spent 6 months studying Alcoholic Beverage Control laws.

All Kentucky counties were to have ordinances in place by Dec. 11. Trey Hieneman, legislative liaison for the state Alcoholic Beverage Control, had said that all city and county governments must pass revisions to their ordinances by that day, or they would not be able to sell alcoholic beverage licenses at the local level until they get their revisions in place.

But Shelby County officials said that missing the deadline by two weeks did not affect anyone at the local level.

“We’re in good shape,” Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said Monday morning.

He said the ordinance becomes law as soon as it is published after passing its second reading. “Once it hits the newspaper, it is law,” he said.

Ordinarily, publication would have taken place on Wednesday, but the ordinance will publish on Friday instead because, with the United States Post Office closed on Wednesday in observance of Christmas, The Sentinel-News is being delivered today.