TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
By LeeAnn Cain, Staff Writer
Corbin commissioners gave final approval to changes to the city’s alcohol ordinance during a special called meeting Tuesday.
Those changes include specifying that all money raised from fees associated with alcohol licensing and regulation will be paid into the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration and Police Fund. Originally, the ordinance indicated the money would be paid into the city’s general fund.
Mayor Willard McBurney explained the state requires all money raised from alcohol sales be used to pay costs associated with police and local Alcoholic Beverage Control. The alcohol revenue the city has received has paid for new squad cars, technology upgrades and the hiring of five new officers.
McBurney said it costs the city about $1.5 million per year to fund the police department.
The influx of alcohol revenue into the city’s police and local ABC funds freed other revenue, some of which has been used to pay for sidewalk upgrades, McBurney said.
The updates to the city’s ordinance were required by the state because of Senate Bill 13, which was passed after a task force looked at Kentucky’s alcohol laws, according to the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The bill aims to make the licensing process simpler and more consistent, to clarify local option election laws and to provide additional ways to protect the public.
The alcohol tax is expected to bring in a revenue of $700,000 this fiscal year year, which began in July and ends in June.
Commissioners also approved an application for a FEMA grant for the Corbin Fire Department. The $25,000 grant is intended to help fund a new exhaust system inside the fire station for city fire trucks. According to Fire Chief Barry McDonald, a pipe would be installed for venting truck exhaust outside the building rather than relying on open doors for ventilation. These pipes would connect to the trucks, and vent their exhaust when the trucks are started.
A cost of living adjustment for all full-time and permanent part-time city employees was also approved. According to McBurney, this adjustment is a one-time lump sum of $500 for full-time employees and $250 for part-time employees.