PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Pineville city leaders have approved annexing parts of Pine Mountain State Park into city limits. Leaders say this will benefit both the town and the state.
"I'm excited to see it get to this point and I think it's a new beginning," said Mayor Sherwin Rader.
After more than one year of discussions, Pineville City Council has passed the second reading and approved annexing parts of Pine Mountain State Park including the lodge and restaurant.
"We were very cooperative with the city on this matter," said Gil Lawson, spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Parks.
The annexation means city leaders can collect occupational and restaurant taxes at the lodge.
"Occupational tax will be able to help us with our general fund so that will be a good thing," said Rader.
The restaurant tax dollars will go to the tourism fund. "Hopefully draw more people to this area, create some more tourism," said Rader.
Officials say the annexation also means the state can sell alcohol at the restaurant because Pineville allows restaurant alcohol sales.
"As we have had at other parks, we would be interested in that if it all works out. We've had liquor at five other parks and it's worked well," said Lawson.
State Department of Parks officials say once the annexation process is complete, they will discuss applying for licenses to sell alcohol at Pine Mountain State Park restaurant.
The new Pineville maps are on the way to Frankfort to the Secretary of State's office and the Kentucky Property Valuation Administrator to be filed and complete the annexation process.