Fiscal Court approves ABC ordinance amendment

Published 11:28 am Thursday, April 20, 2023

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The Jessamine County Fiscal Court made a big decision during its short meeting on Tuesday

The big news coming from this week’s meeting is the final reading of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (ABC) Ordinance amendment. This ordinance puts Jessamine County in line with Nicholasville’s regulations but excludes the city of Wilmore.

The amendment changes the allowed hours for the sale and delivery of alcohol. In the ordinance passed in 2021, a licensee for distilled spirits, wine and/or malt beverages was permitted to sell or dispense alcohol seven days a week from 6 a.m. to midnight.

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In the updated ordinance, the allowed time was pushed an hour back, allowing licensees to sell or dispense alcohol six days a week from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. the following Monday. On Sunday, the sale of alcohol will now be permitted from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. instead of the previously allowed 1 p.m. to midnight.

On New Year’s Eve, regardless of the day it falls on, alcohol sales are permitted until 2 a.m. on January 1.

Retail package distilled spirits, wine, and malt beverage sales (outside of restaurants, bars, pubs, etc.) are now permitted at all hours except for the period from 1 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays.

Judge Executive David West was out of town this week, so District 3 Magistrate Terry Meckstroth acted as Judge Executive Pro Tempore in West’s place.

In other business the Court:

• Approved the reappointment of Eddie Clements to the Architectural Review Board.

• Approved a bid to hire Comfort Heating and Air for the new HVAC installation at the Main Street WesBanco Bank.