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January 29, 2013

Somerset City Council tables entertainment permit applications

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The Captain’s Lounge is part of a restaurant, and restaurants are exempt from the entertainment ordinance. 
Wiese said the city’s detailed ABC ordinances, along with the state’s own regulations, enforces certain issues that otherwise may be found in an entertainment permit. Noise level, activities outside the venue, and more are all regulated already through the ABC laws. 
Wiese and Councilor Jim Rutherford, who volunteered his services considering his background in law enforcement as a former Somerset Police Department officer, will review the entertainment ordinance before it goes back in front of city council.
“The council needs to tell us what’s an entertainment permit, and what should be allowed or not allowed,” said Girdler. 
In other news from Monday’s Somerset City Council meeting:
• The council voted on the second reading of Ordinance 13-01, which is an intent to annex out East Ky. 80 to Fire Tower Road, which branches off of Barnesburg. The city limits currently extend to the first intersection of East Ky. 80 and Barnesburg as you travel eastward. 
East Way Market is located at the intersection of East Ky. 80 and Fire Tower Road. 
The council had struck down the request for annexation before. This most recent request passed another hurdle with the council, with all but three councilors voting “yes” to the ordinance. Councilors Rutherford, John Ricky Minton, and Jim Mitchell voted “no.”
The ordinance will now go before the state for approval, and two additional readings of the ordinance — the next step after “intent to annex” has been approved —  will go back before the city within the next 60 days or so. 
• Councilor Mike New reminded those on the city’s garbage pick-up service that large items such as couches and chairs are not eligible for pick-up except on special days.New suggested that customers call ahead to determine what may be done about the items. 
• New also asked whether plans were in the makings to re-examine the city’s current building ordinances. New had brought up giving the current ordinance “some teeth” in a past council meeting. Mayor Girdler said the issue would be covered in an upcoming work session that will be open to the public. 

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