Bowling Green Approves Alcohol Changes on 2nd Reading

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By Michael Gossum | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The Bowling Green City Commission voted three to two on the second reading to approve big changes to local alcohol laws.

Mayor Bruce Wilkerson and Commissioner Rick Williams voted against it, while Commissioners Bill Waltrip, Melinda Hill and Joe Denning supported it.

The biggest part of the changes centered around Sunday sales and some liquor stores were against it.

"We don't have the option of being closed if y'all pass this. We have to keep up with the competition, and that's what surprises me no one shows up for it," said Wade Traughber, Lost River Liquors.

It was a small turnout to the meeting Tuesday night and discussion didn't last long, but one from the community said most of the people who spoke out on this issue were against it.

"Of those six, four of them were in the alcohol retail business, so it still passed and to me I didn't understand to whom it was being fair, if the majority was against it, yet it still passed," said concerned resident Bobby Morrow.

"It's very difficult to please everybody when something comes about for the first time. This is a first time thing, Bowling Green, Kentucky selling on Sundays," said Bowling Green Commissioner Joe Denning.

Those Sunday sales will allow package stores to be open from 8 am to 11 pm, and there can be beer sales at places like grocery stores and convenience stores from 6 am to 2 am.

"Since the stores like Minit Marts and the little convenience stores and the grocery stores, I don't have any problem with them selling beer on Sunday, since they're there anyhow. You know that would help them re-coop some of their operating expenses," said Traughber

The Commission did keep in place a 90% rule, that requires packaged stores to have 90% of their sales from alcohol.

The ordinance takes effect after the second reading and publication in the newspaper.

City officials say the ordinance will be published this Friday allowing the businesses involved to be open this Sunday.

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