City talks alcohol, needles and budget

Photo by Bobbie Poynter Mayor David Thompson displays two containers filled with used needles that have been recently collected across the city, as well as the recycling plant.
Photo by Bobbie Poynter
Mayor David Thompson displays two containers filled with used needles that
have been recently collected across the city, as well as the recycling plant.

Six local business owners are anxiously awaiting the state’s decision on who will be the recipients of only two Barbourville package store liquor licenses.

City ABC Administrator Corey Moren said the application deadline closed April 29. After that, there was a state-mandated 30-day waiting period to give residents the chance to protest the applications.

According to Holly Mullins, Public Information Officer at Frankfort’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), the licensing board is currently reviewing the applications, so the final decisions should be made soon.

Corey reported that he has had no complaints about city alcohol sales or the licenses in general. Six businesses have applied for the two available package store licenses. Those include Pappy Ade’s Place, Knox Street Liquor, Liquor Mart, Liquor World, and Rite-Aid, and Buddy’s.

Mayor David Thompson made it a point of saying he does not personally approve of having a package store located on Knox Street where teenagers cruise, but noted, “We have no choice. It’s all up to the state.”

In other council business, Mayor Thompson showed everyone two containers full of used needles that were found and gathered at the recycling center. Not only were there obvious illegal drug needles in the containers, but diabetic needles as well.

Used needles, Thompson said, have become a problem all over town, but he is especially concerned for the crew and volunteers who work in the recycling center. They’re finding needles recklessly tossed in with recyclable trash.

“We’ve got to find a way to fix this problem,” he said, “before someone gets seriously hurt.”

The Barbourville City Council also heard the first reading of the 2016-2017 budget at its June regular meeting.

The budget was broken down as follows:

Administration $1,616,676

Police Department   1,485,270

Street Department       807,418

Fire Department     141,118

Recreation Fund     282,465

Tourist & Recreation Fund 350,746

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Total Revenues           $4,683,693

The second reading will take place June 27.