Thursday September 27, 2007
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge has just one word of advice for anyone planning to open a liquor store in District 3. “Don’t.”
“I want to serve notice that we are not going to stand by and let another liquor store open in this district,” says Woolridge. “We already have 186 licenses to sell liquor, so don’t come here planning to open up another store.”
Woolridge has called a Town Hall Meeting for October 2nd to rally residents in the area about the possibility of a special wet/dry election to stop any new liquor stores from opening.
“On September 11th, the voters of District 5 let it be known they were not only concerned about the criminal activity found near and around some liquors stores but they also said they want a different kind of economic development,” says Woolridge.
The Town Hall Meeting will begin at 6:00pm at the Hill Street Baptist Church-Family Life Center, 2303 Dixie Highway.
“We will have representatives from the Kentucky Alcohol Beverage Control office and the Metro Department of Inspections, Permits and Licenses to answer questions about what is needed for a special election,” says Woolridge. “This meeting will be an opportunity to learn how to organize such an effort.”
The Councilwoman is also asking for help in making sure the public understands what all is involved if a special vote is organized..
“District 5 was successful because citizens and ministers came together for a common purpose,” says Woolridge. “I am calling on the ministers of District 3, neighborhood associations and citizens to join me to stop any more liquor stores from locating across the street from churches, schools and other family businesses. But I also extend an invitation to anyone outside the district who would like to do something about this issue because it affects all of us.”
Voters in District 5 said “no” to the sale of alcohol by a vote of 635 to 106 “yes votes. The campaign for the special wet/dry vote began in March after two liquor licenses were approved by the State ABC Board. The stores would have located around Shawnee High School.
After the Tuesday vote, four precincts will go dry in 60 days after the votes are certified.
“This was not only a victory for District 5 but for West Louisville,” says Woolridge. “We share the same concerns as District 5 when it comes to how easy a liquor licenses is approved despite concerns by residents who live in the area where a store would locate.”
For more information about the District 3 Town Hall Meeting, contact Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge’s office at 574-1103
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