Woodford County

Versailles votes down Sunday alcohol sales

VERSAILLES — Mayor Fred Siegelman broke a tie Tuesday and voted against a proposed ordinance that would have allowed Sunday alcohol sales.

The vote angered local restaurateurs, who say they need to be able to compete with eateries in Lexington and Frankfort that offer Sunday sales by the drink. Georgetown is considering a similar measure.

Versailles is already "wet," but the ordinance would have lifted the prohibition on Sunday sales by the drink. Had it passed, the ordinance would have allowed restaurants to sell alcohol from noon to 11 p.m. Sundays.

On a vote, council members Ann Miller, Carl Ellis and Charlie Reed voted yes, while Owen Roberts, Mary Bradley and Nickie Shryock voted no.

In explaining his vote, Siegelman said that he had received more than 100 telephone calls about the issue, and they were "10-to-1" against Sunday sales.

"I don't think it is necessarily the right time to do this, so I will vote opposed," he said.

That didn't sit well with Ouita Michel, co-owner of Cleveland's at the Woodford Inn in Versailles.

"My question to the mayor is, when is the opportunity going to become right?" Michel said. Sunday alcohol sales would help restaurants during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, she said.

"In a little bit more than a year we will have ... visitors visiting Central Kentucky, and if this county expects any of them to stay here, they need to get their act together," she said. "If somebody comes to Cleveland's on a Sunday night for dinner, and they're told they can't have a glass of wine, do you know how angry they are? They would never return."