It appears another election to determine whether alcoholic beverages will be sold in restaurants in the City of Jamestown is in the not-so-distant future.
Monday morning, Greg Shaw, Chairman of a group named “Progress Jamestown” delivered to Russell County Clerk Lisha Popplewell more than 200 signed petitions in favor of the move. Shaw said the petitions gathered so far represent more than 25% of the registered voters that voted in the last general election held in Jamestown and therefore, after being certified by the clerk’s office, should qualify the petition to be put on a ballot for the voters’ decision.
This would, according to state law, set the date for an election no less than 60 days and no more than 90 days from Monday, May 20th.
The petition reads, “I request that the following proposition be placed on the ballot to be voted on by the registered voters within the city limits of Jamestown, Kentucky: Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink in Jamestown at restaurants and dining facilities with a seating capacity of at least one hundred persons and which derive at least seventy percent of their gross receipts from the sale of food?”
Shaw said the initiative is not meant to advocate the consumption of alcohol but rather to provide a much needed economic boost to the city and its citizens, claiming the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink in restaurants would attract new restaurants and additional visitors, gain new jobs and bring in more income to the city and county.