The ball has begun rolling since residents of Barbourville voted to allow the sale of alcohol Dec. 29; however, it is rolling slowly at this point.
The City of Barbourville will have its plate full over the next few months, meeting with the Alcohol Beverage Control Board, creating ordinances to regulate the sale of alcohol, and figuring out how to spend the revenues from the inevitable sales of alcohol.
As a Class 4 city, Barbourville is legally allowed to have one package liquor store within the city limits. However, according to Mayor David Thompson, the ABC allows for two packaged liquor stores in order to keep one from monopolizing the business.
Currently, the Fast Lane Discount Tobacco Outlet at the Parkway Plaza in Barbourville is the first business to advertise its intent to apply for an NQ Retail Malt Beverage Package (beer) license. According to Mayor Thompson, several other local business owners have also expressed an interest in applying for alcohol licenses.
“We’re still a long way from selling the first beer in this town,” said Mayor Thompson. “We’re looking at no less than 60 days, and it could be as much as six months. There are still a lot of questions to be asked and answered, both by the city council and by the city administration.”
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