Petition circulates in support of alcohol sales in Barbourville

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

In June the city of Manchester voted in favor of allowing certain alcohol sales. Last month, a group of citizens in London started a petition in support of packaged liquor as well. Now some in Barbourville say it's time to get rid of the bootleggers!

The petition was brought about by a number of business leaders in Barbourville who want to remain anonymous.

"They think the election is for people to decide whether or not it's time to end bootlegging in Barbourville," said Randy Jewell, a local attorney.

Jewell said his clients think allowing alcohol sales in the city would be a step forward.

"It's time right now to bring the sale of alcoholic beverages out of the alleys and hollows and bring it into the light of day," said Jewell.

The petition is circulating in Barbourville. The number of signatures needed to get the issue on the ballot would be determined by the turnout in November's general election.

A quarter of those voters would have to sign the petition. That's estimated to be between 200 and 250 people.

"I've heard pros and cons on this, and my main view is it's the citizen's choice," said David Thompson, Barbourville Mayor.

"That's a matter that the citizens of Barbourville will have to vote and make their determination on," said Mike Brougton, Barbourville Police Chief.

City officials said they will deal with whatever the public decides if it makes it to that point.

Jewell said his clients think the time is right and want the issue to be dealt with fairly.

"They hired me to watch the paperwork and read the statues to make sure that everything was done correctly," said Jewell.

Jewell said his clients believe getting rid of bootleggers would make the city safer.

They hope to get the issue on the ballot by early next year.

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