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City approves Sunday alcohol sales


SALYERSVILLE – The Salyersville City Council met in regular session on Monday, August 19, passing an ordinance in a split vote that will allow for Sunday alcohol sales.

The council unanimously passed the first vote on an ordinance accepting a bid from Kentucky Power Company for a franchise to provide electrical service to the city. City Attorney Jeff Lovely explained that Kentucky Power was the only one that submitted a bid for the franchise and that their bid met all the requirements.  

They agreed to keep the tax rates on vehicles, real and personal property, tangible property and bank shares the same as the previous year, unanimously voting in favor of keeping the rates the same in a roll-call vote.

The council held their second reading of the ordinance regulating signs within the city limits, prohibiting temporary or political signs within 20 feet of the center of a city road, easement, right-of-way, or any other public passageway within the Salyersville city limits. A full detail of the ordinance passed on Monday is available on page B5 of this week’s newspaper.

Prior to voting on the second reading of the amendment to the ABC ordinance, Lovely explained to the council he had contacted the League of Cities and was advised that they cannot put Sunday alcohol sales on a ballot since there is no statutory provision for a public vote on that type of issue. The council voted on the amendment that would allow alcohol sales on Sundays and election days, but still prohibiting alcohol sales on Christmas. In a split roll-call vote Jarrod Howard, Paul Montgomery and Tex Holbrook voted against the ordinance and Patricia Frazier, Tommy Bailey and Mike Connelley voted in favor of it. Lovely explained that in the event of a tie, the mayor has the deciding vote, with Mayor James “Pete” Shepherd voting in favor of the amendment, officially allowing Sunday alcohol sales. A full detail of this ordinance is also available on page B5 of this week’s paper.

In his mayor’s report, Shepherd noted that Community Day was this past weekend and that it was a success. He said the Community Foundation honored the city and county police departments and he had introduced Salyersville Police Chief Matthew Watson, and officers Mike Nickels, Jeremiah Watson, and the newest addition to the force, Neil Adams.

Heritage Days starts next week, with the full schedule on page A6. Shepherd told the council they will be honoring the schools, asking all superintendents to be grand marshals, as well as honoring Connie Wireman, who passed away earlier this year and was one of the founding members of the Magoffin County Historical Society. 

Shepherd reminded the community that Teleworks USA will be having another job fair on August 26 at the Magoffin County Health Department, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. He explained that none of the jobs are sales, but would be providing customer service for companies. The jobs start at $12/hour and have benefits, but he said there is a buy-in for equipment starting out. He said they are looking at setting up a hub location here, where people could work and/or receive telecommunications trainings. So far four people in Salyersville have received jobs from Teleworks USA, but Shepherd noted that hundreds of people in the state are employed through this program and that he hopes to be able to build it up here.

Brooklyn Bailey addressed the council, discussing the Ramey Memorial Park and its many needed upgrades and upkeep, as well as a Facebook group she has started for people in the community wanting to contribute to improving the park. 

“I feel like with the support of the community, we could get something accomplished,” Bailey said after detailing many of the needs of the park she had noticed and the countless people that had reached out to her willing to help.

Mayor Shepherd explained that they told the Little League coaches to contact him if they ever need the fields mowed, but no one had ever called him. He said their first priority is to fix the lights on the field, but it will cost $180,000 to $400,000.

“In the last six years I’ve been mayor, the City of Salyersville has spent $241,000 on the park,” Shepherd said. “I’m sorry it’s not perfect, but if I had a million dollars it would be perfect but it’s still a good park.”

He outlined the labor and money the city contributes to the park, including for electric bills, cleaning up the park after the February flooding, cutting hazardous trees, mowing, maintenance, trash collection, and more, and explained that while it may not always look the best, but with the very limited budget and while taking care of the rest of the city’s needs, they’re doing the best they can.

Jeff Lovely, who is also the chairman of the park board, said no one had contacted him, but explained that each of Bailey’s concerns are discussed at every single park board meeting. He said the little league fields, the playground and the walking track are their main priorities (excluding the pool), but their major problem is the money. 

“We want to see it all done, but we don’t have the money to do it,” Lovely said. “I’ve been on the park board 10 to 12 years and I’ve never had anyone come to me asking to volunteer anything.”

He said he will have to look into the legalities of having volunteers work on the park and the liabilities that could cause, but said they would definitely be willing to work with

Bailey’s group of volunteers and that any donations for a specific project would be earmarked as such and used accordingly.

The next regularly-scheduled Salyersville City Council meeting is slated for September 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Salyersville City Hall.


Heather Oney

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