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Sunday wine sales pass; ordinance to get second reading

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Second reading scheduled for April 11

By Jesse Osbourne

Horshoe Bend Vineyard and Winery is one step closer to being allowed to sell wine on Sundays.
However, if the ordinance passes, it will only effect wine sold at wineries.
“I want to make it clear, first off, that it’s got to be for all wineries, not just your winery,” county attorney Hamilton Simms, who drafted the ordinance, said. “The other thing is, this only effects wine sales at wineries on Sundays. It makes it clear in this ordinance, but I don’t want someone to see that in the paper and to think that they can start buying beer or wine or drinks in Springfield on Sundays.”
Horseshoe Bend co-owner Ann Karsner was present, and spoke, at the meeting.
“We would like to be open beginning at one o’clock (on Sundays),” she said. “We do not choose to open before one o’clock.”
County judge-executive John Settles said an ordinance granting the request to sell wine on Sundays can be voted on and enacted by the county.
“Any request like that, and we did research it, it can be done by ordinance duly adopted by the county,” he said. “Of course, it takes one reading, it has to be advertised, and then we have to have a second reading at another court meeting. But it is under the jurisdiction of the county fiscal court.”
Karsner said the winery is currently not open on Sunday due to the inability to sell wine.
She also noted that all the wine is made on-site by her from grapes that come from Washington, Hardin, Nelson and Marion counties.
Magistrate Benjamin Settles, who is the magistrate in charge of the district the winery is in, encouraged other court members to check out the establishment.
“I wish they would just take a ride out and look at what they’ve done out there,” he said. “They have really, really did a number on it.”
The fiscal court members voted to pass the first reading.
Magistrates Billy Riney, Hal B. Goode, Greg Simms and Benjamin Settles voted yes. Magistrates Morris Sweazy and Terry Tingle opposed the ordinance.
The second reading is set for April 11 during the regular scheduled court meeting.

In other news:
• The fire committee is looking for someone to keep minutes at its meetings. The judge recommended that payment for the person be split among the county and the fire department. The court also recommended finding one person to take the minutes, as opposed to a different person for each side. Simms said the committee would make some inquiries and try to find someone before the next meeting.
• Kevin Devine, the county’s emergency management director, said the county received FEMA and state money totaling $108,296.79 for reimbursement after floods last year. The money goes into the road account fund because it reimburses the county for replacing gravel and road work.
• Solid waste coordinator George Ann Palmer said there could be a tire amnesty as early as the fall or as late as next spring. Settles added that the recycling center can not store tires like it had in the past without being fined. Palmer said those storing tires should cover them if being kept outside. If not covered, the tires could accumulate water, draw mosquitos and pose a risk for the West Nile virus.
• The county accepted a bid for a new ambulance. A bid from Mid-American Ambulance Service in Campbellsville for $89,292 was accepted.
• After executive session, the court made a motion to allow Tony Mann to attempt the CDL test once more for a part-time position as the dead animal removal truck driver. If Mann is unable to obtain the license or chooses not to accept the terms, the position will be advertised again.