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Woodford officials to draft Sunday alcohol ordinance

VERSAILLES — Woodford Fiscal Court directed County Attorney Alan George on Tuesday night to draft an ordinance allowing retail package sales of alcohol on Sundays as well as "by-the-drink" Sunday sales in restaurants.

Woodford County has allowed restaurant alcohol sales since 2003, but Sunday sales are prohibited.

On a vote to direct George to draft the ordinance, Magistrates Larry Craig, Ellen Gormley, Geoff Reid, Gerald Dotson and Jim Staples voted yes, and Charles "Bones" Webber and Jackie Brown voted no. Magistrate Steve Barnett was absent.

George was directed to draft an ordinance that would allow the sale of alcohol between 1 and 10 p.m. Sundays. The license fee would be $300 for restaurants and $125 for package stores.

Sales of beer, wine and distilled spirits would be allowed in areas of the county "outside the corporate limits of the city of Versailles" but including Midway. As a fifth-class city, Midway cannot pass such an ordinance on its own and must have the fiscal court adopt one.

Last week the Versailles City Council rejected an ordinance that would have allowed by-the-drink Sunday sales in restaurants.

The county ordinance will have a first reading March 10, and presumably a second reading and vote March 24. If passed, it would take effect once the ordinance was published in Woodford County's weekly newspaper.

In late 2006, the fiscal court rejected a request to allow Sunday sales on New Year's Eve. But the county allows the package sales of souvenir bottles at Woodford Reserve distillery on Sunday. But alcohol cannot be consumed on Sunday on the distillery premises.