By Portia Williams
RUSSELL, Ky. — The city of Russell, Ky., is seeking to expand the sale of alcohol within the city. According to Greenup County Judge Executive, Robert Carpenter, Sept. 23, 2014, is the date for the special election for voters to decide if alcohol sells will be increased to wet/dry status.
According to Carpenter, voters in three precincts in Russell, Ky., will decide the fate of alcohol sells in the city on Sept. 23, 2014. The three precincts consist of Precinct one, Precinct two, and the Kenwood Precinct. For the last three years, the city of Russell has had a ‘moist’ liquor law, and with the election, hopes to become a wet/dry city.
“It is a wet/dry vote, and we are going to have an election on Sept. 23. They are already ‘moist’ in Russell. They’ve been ‘moist’ since 2007, I believe. Moist means they can sell alcohol in a restaurant that seats 100 people by the drink. They are just wanting it now so that places like Kroger, and SuperQuik, the convenient marts can sell it package wise. There about two or three or those places in the three precincts,” he said.
He said there was an attempt made last year for the full county, but it got voted down.
According to Carpenter, the recent effort to expand alcohol sales in Russell was initiated by Kroger.
“Kroger is the one that instigated this effort. They are wanting it really badly up there. Right across from the Kroger in Russell is the Walmart, where they sale beer, and Kroger doesn’t, which is just about five minutes from there,” he said. “I guess they are losing money from the Kroger here in Russell compared to the other stores. The Kroger in Ashland already sells beer and wine.”
He said a petition was presented to him, which he then submitted to the office of Greenup County Clerk, Pat Heineman.
“So they passed a petition, and the petition had to have 451 names, which is the number from your last general election, that’s the percentage those three precincts had to have. I believe that had more than 80o, and I took them upstairs to the county clerk and had her to verify them. They verified over 500 names, so that cleared what they needed and so I set a date of Sept. 23 for those three precincts only,” he said. “It is set now, and now it is up to the people, and it will go either one way or the other.”
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