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Versailles to reconsider vote against Sunday alcohol sales

VERSAILLES — The Versailles City Council will reconsider its February vote against Sunday alcohol sales.

Since that vote, the Woodford County Fiscal Court passed an ordinance on April 14 to allow Sunday sales at retail package stores and in restaurants and wineries. Sunday alcohol sales are prohibited in the city limits of Versailles.

Carol McDonald, owner of the Blue Whiskey Store in the city, asked the council during its meeting Tuesday to reconsider. She said that the county's decision "puts them in a competitive edge over us."

The council's facilities committee — composed of council members Ann Miller, Charlie Reed and Mary Bradley — will discuss the matter at 5 p.m. May 11. It's not clear when an ordinance might come before the full council for a vote.

The ordinance that the council rejected in February addressed only alcohol sold by the drink in restaurants. Any new proposal will consider restaurants and package stores, Miller said.

Not all liquor store owners are in agreement on the issue. Wayne Raider of Bypass Liquor told the council that he opposes Sunday sales.

Raider said afterward that an ordinance would essentially force him to be open on Sunday "so you don't lose those regular customers."

Lexington, Frankfort, Georgetown, Lawrenceburg and Richmond all allow Sunday sales at restaurants, according to the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Sunday package sales are allowed in Lexington, Louisville and many communities in Northern Kentucky.