Wiese said the city changed its training section, which mandates that businesses use the state’s STAR training system for liquor sales classes.
Also included is a mandate that “no licensee will erect any banner that displays a particular brand of alcohol outside property.” Wiese said that was already in the city’s original ordinance, but it has been made more obvious.
• Councilor Donna Hunley asked whether the city would place sidewalks in the Bogle and Ham Street areas and on West Ky. 80.
“There are so many people that walk in that area,” said Hunley.
Girdler said the city is looking into adding more sidewalks on North Main Street, along with Ham and Bogle Streets.
“All locations in the city, we’re trying to do some sidewalk work this fall,” said Girdler.
• Councilor John Ricky Minton, who has been quiet in the past several months about local gas prices, thanked local retailers for keeping prices “pretty much in line” with prices in other counties and cities. Minton and other councilors have long decried what they said are unfair gas prices in the area.
“This is there home town and their people,” said Minton. “They need to take care of their people here ... if they want to raise the prices elsewhere then do it, they can hear from them.”
Minton assured local gas retailers that, should gas prices jump, he will voice his concerns again.
Councilor Jerry Burnett also mentioned local gas prices. He thanked managers at Kroger North for keeping prices down recently, even after a “competitor across the street” raised the price significantly.
“I think it’s great,” said Burnett.
• The council authorized the purchase and future demolition of the Economy Inn property, located on Monticello Street. The city plans to use the property the inn now sits on as part of a major economic development project.
• Girdler asked that the council approve a request from Elaine Wilson, with Somerset Community College, to participate in the college’s Black History Month program. February is designated Black History Month. Girdler said the college’s program will feature a guest appearance from someone who participated in the U.S. Civil Rights movement.
The council earmarked $5,000 to go towards the event.