Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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February 26, 2014

Liquor sales on hold: Grayson could be forced to wait years for package stores

Feb. 26, 2014 — Residents of Olive Hill will vote March 11 on whether to allow alcohol sales, nine months after Grayson voters approved the sale.

However, package liquor sales, which have licenses regulated by population size, may not happen for years in Grayson.

Trey Hieneman, a special assistant with the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, told the Journal-Times that no licenses will be issued until an appeal process is complete.

Four applications were submitted to the City of Grayson, and two were forwarded to the state for approval. Grayson will only be issued two state licenses for packaged liquor sales, which is determined by population.

“When the licenses are issued, if someone is qualified and denied, then we have to meet to determine which applicant will be awarded the license,” Hieneman said. “The appeal will be held sometime in March, but an exact date has not been set, to my knowledge.”

He explained that if the appellant is denied by the ABC, their next option is to take the matter to Franklin Circuit Court.

“Licenses have to be issued to the most qualified applicant first, which could, in the end, be the one that was denied in the first place,” Hieneman added. “However long the appeal process takes, we won't issue a license because there are a limited number available.”

He confirmed that the appeals process could take years and that the ABC faces the same process each time a new area votes to become wet.

Leeann Akers can be reached at lakers@journal-times.com or by phone at 474-5101.

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