Vote could change golf course liquor laws

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Petitions circulating to put La Grange 'wet vote' on ballot

By Tracy Harris

 A special election is set to tee off in La Grange next Tuesday.

Residents of the La Grange precinct surrounding Eagle Creek Golf Course will vote to permit the golf course to serve alcoholic beverages by the drink.

City officials hope the alcohol sales will increase revenue at the city-owned golf course.

The change could also help decrease the amount of alcohol brought illegally into Eagle Creek.

Registered voters living in precinct F105 can cast their ballots Tuesday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Another change to La Grange liquor laws is also in the works.

Petitions are circulating to make the city “wet,” which comes with provisions since La Grange is a fourth-class city.

Kim Buckler, Oldham County Tourism Commission executive director, posted petitions at area businesses in hopes enough signatures will be obtained to hold a special election.

At least 370 signatures are needed and petitions are available at numerous La Grange businesses.

Beer-only and wine-only permits would be available to restaurants and a maximum of three package liquor stores could be approved by the state.

Buckler believes the change would make the city more welcoming to tourists.

La Grange Mayor Bill Lammlein said he thinks having package liquor stores in the town would be appreciated by residents, and would keep those dollars in the county.

That goes for Henry and Trimble residents, too, he said. Now, those people stop in Jefferson County to pick up beer and wine — and while they’re there, they do their grocery and other shopping, too.

With package liquor stores in La Grange, Lammlein believes more people would use La Grange as their one-stop-shop.

“I’m looking at it as an economic boost for our city,” he said.

Buckler created a Facebook page to share information about specific changes to the law. Those with questions can also contact her office at 222-0056.

Petition locations

  • 119 West Main restaurant
  • Gallery 104 on Main Street
  • La Grange Hardware
  • La Grange City Hall
  • Pacific Dry Cleaners by Cracker Barrel
  • NAPA Auto Parts Store
  • El Nopal by Oldham 8 Theater