April 9, 2014 — Olive Hill City Council met in special session Tuesday to add $102,807 to its general fund budget from last year’s utility system profits.
Specifically, $24,818 was added to the general government line item, $16,747 went to the fire department, $23,748 to the police department, $23,747 to the street department, $11,747 to the sanitation department and $2,000 for the recreation department.
The budget amendment passed on a 5-0 with Council member Glenn Meade absent, reportedly due to health issues.
Following the budget vote, the official meeting ended and the group began a work session on the pending ordinance to establish regulations for controlling the sale of alcoholic beverages within the city..
City Attorney Derrick Willis suggested that the alcohol administrator report to the clerk and Council on a monthly basis in order to maintain current records. Council agreed.
Mayor Kenny Fankell suggested that the section allowing alcohol sales on Sunday be removed.
“I have heard from a lot of people who just don't think we should sell alcohol on the Lord's day,” Fankell said. “I think we shouldn't because the people just don't want it.”
Council members Jerry Callihan and Enoch Hicks agreed with the mayor, saying they believe Olive Hill to be too small in population to attract a large enough restaurant to sell alcohol.
“The University had a lot to do with Buffalo Wild Wings coming to Morehead,” Callihan said. “You have to have the population to support it.”
“When people came down here to vote, they thought it would bring business and revenue to Olive Hill,” said Council member Matt Kiser.
“I don't drink but we don't need to bar any potential businesses from coming into the city,” said Council member Allen Stapleton.
When polled on the question, Kiser, Stapleton and Randy Tackett said they wanted to allow Sunday sales. Hicks, Callihan and Fankell were against it but the mayor instructed Willis to leave it in the ordinance.
Second reading of the ordinance will take place during the regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 15.
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