In Dec. 3 IssueBy Greg WellsTimes Journal Managing Editor
With the voting over the next step in the process is local certification of the vote, which is expected soon.
Nathan Jones with the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Commission said his agency can not issue a license to serve before a minimum 60 day waiting period.
"That gives the local authorities a chance to write the ordinances for the establishments," Jones said. "Usually local authorities will ask us for guidance and we will find them some similar ordinances to what they need and pass those on to them to use as a guide."
He said however that has not happened yet in the case of Russell County.
There has been speculation that there would be a court challenge to the vote, but as of press time that has not occurred.
The vote from those who live in the City of Jamestown was No from the voters in the Lake Precinct 83 to 124 and Yes from the voters in the Jamestown Precinct 148 to 127. That makes the total for Jamestown, including early and absentee votes, No with a 243 to 274 vote.
The absentee vote from city dwellers in the two precincts was No, 12 to 23.
According to County Clerk Lisha Popplewell it is that grand total that is controlling in this question and it means service of alcoholic beverages inside the Jamestown City limits was not approved by the voters.
Some local attorneys however have contended that the precinct votes supersede the city vote and that all of the areas are now "moist."
That issue appears destined for dispute.
For the question of whether alcoholic beverages should be served in restaurants in the Jamestown Precinct outside the city limits the vote was Yes at a 222 to 215 margin.
The Lake Precinct voters voted Yes with the margin of 242 to 203.
Those who live in the city were asked about two questions, on about sales within the city and another about sales in their precinct.
Those who did not live in the city were asked simply about sales in their precinct.
The actual official outcome of the election has yet to be announced.
The ABC will be the regulating entity in the question of who gets licenses, once the election is certified and the ordinances have been written.
County Judge Executive Mickey Garner has said he has no plans to contest the election.
Jones, with the ABC, said it will be up to the fiscal court to set the ordinances since the city was locked out by the election.
"Looks to me like the people have had their say," Garner said Wednesday morning.
County Attorney Mark McGaha, who had contested the election in court, said he has no plans to do so again.
As it sits, according to the county clerk, the only established restaurants that would seem to fit the legal description in this election would be the Jamestown Marina and the Anchor Inn, which has been closed for about a year.
According to more than one local attorney those locations as well as the restaurants in Jamestown should file for licenses to serve.