Liquor sales sought by country club

December 05, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

Voters will decide whether Danville Country Club should be allowed to serve liquor-by-the-drink on Dec. 14, but the manager of the club says it's too soon to talk about it.

The election will be in the Indian Hills Christian Church precinct.

Country club manager Joel Iacono told The Advocate on Friday that he wasn't willing to be interviewed about the election until next week.

"It's just too soon for an article in the newspaper," Iacono said.

These are among the questions the newspaper had hoped Iacono would answer for the voters:

* Would only the golf course serve alcohol or the restaurant as well?

* Why should voters allow the club to serve alcohol?

* How will it improve or change business there?

* What will the sales contribute to the city?

* How many seats are in the restaurant?


* If it serves alcohol, will the restaurant be open to the public?

* Is Danville Country Club losing golfers to Old Bridge because it cannot serve alcohol?

Advertisements about the election have already been published. Boyle County Sheriff LeeRoy Hardin is required by law to post handbills about the referendum in the precinct two weeks prior to the election. Those handbills had not been posted Friday afternoon, and the election is nine days away.

The sheriff's department said there are plans to post them at the club, area gas stations and other businesses, but that it was thought that could be done as close as five days before the election.

Voters in the Lexington Road precinct passed a similar measure for Old Bridge, the county's public course, in 2003.

It would be regulated by Danville

The country club is in the city limits, and would be regulated by Danville. If the measure passes, the club will have to buy a $1,000 license and pay a regulatory fee, which is 5 percent of its gross sales receipts.

In the first three quarters of the year the city has collected $41,077 in regulatory fees and $4,000 in license fees. This does not include any fees from the winery at Old Crow; it will pay its first batch of fees this quarter.

The country club filed a petition for a vote under the authority of KRS 242.123. The law allows limited sales of alcoholic beverages in a wet precinct that has a nine or 18-hole course. The club, which currently only allows members and guests to play, has 18 holes. The club is only eligible for sales because Danville voted to go wet in November 2002.

The petition was filed with Boyle County Clerk Denise Curtsinger Sept. 30. It had at least the required 140 signatures from voters in the precinct, Curtsinger said.

The election will cost the county about $1,600.

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