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September 25, 2012

Carr’s pleas to limit annexation met with silence

Somerset —  

One of the community’s most outspoken critics of Somerset’s alcohol boom spoke to Pulaski Fiscal Court yesterday.
But the response was nothing to write home about.
David Carr, the owner and operator of the Christian-based King of Kings Radio Network, spoke to magistrates about the City of Somerset’s recent corridor annexation. Carr claims the city is annexing “to expand alcohol sales.”
“I am not against annexation or growth for the city or the county,” Carr told magistrates. “I am here to protest the current annexation abuse or the overextended annexation the City of Somerset is doing in order to expand liquor sales.”
Carr is particularly miffed that Nelson Valley Grocery asked to be taken into the city, and soon they’ll be able to sell alcohol in the Caney Fork precinct, which voted “No” by a 221-216 margin to alcohol sales in April.
The City of Somerset voted to go wet by a large margin in June.
“I’m all for democracy ... the City of Somerset voted in favor of selling alcohol. That’s what the people wanted,” Carr said. “But the Caney Fork precinct voted no to alcohol. Now the city has annexed part of the Caney Fork precinct on Ky. 39. It’s mocking the demonstration of democracy.”
Carr admitted it seemed the city’s corridor annexation is legal. But he still asked that Pulaski Fiscal Court take a stand.
“I am asking Fiscal Court to protest this current procedure until a better understanding can be made between the city and the county and the legislators (concerning corridor annexation),” Carr said. “I would also ask them to consider an immediate stay (of all annexation) … until a full explanation can be established by law. The law gives Somerset permission to bulldoze the citizens of our county through annexation and corridors of annexation without any say.

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