Fiscal court approves Sunday sales for distilleries, copper coming off of museum roof

Distilleries in Christian County will soon be able to sell liquor by the drink on Sundays following second and final reading of an ordinance Tuesday morning.

The measure passed on a 5-3 vote, with magistrates Rich Liebe, Terry Bowman and Mark Cansler voting ‘no.’

The action was actually an amendment to an ordinance from 2017 which allowed distilleries to sell samples of their product between 1 and 6 p.m. on Sundays. Christian County Attorney John Soyars says once the ordinance is published in the Kentucky New Era, the distilleries can sell their product by the drink on Sundays during those same hours.

Meanwhile, Museums of Historic Hopkinsville Director Alissa Keller says renovations continue on the Pennyroyal Area Museum building and she hopes to see it reopened early next year. She recently learned the old copper on the roof will have to be replaced with new metal, but they will find ways to use the copper and to make it available to the community.

The museum’s capital campaign has raised $192,000 so far and there is an additional $96,000 pledged. Bonding on the $1.6 million is being serviced with revenue from the county’s hotel tax.

Christian County Animal Shelter Director Irene Grace announced 386 pets found homes from that facility last month and more cats than dogs were adopted for the first time ever.

Animal shelter service contracts were renewed with Todd and Trigg counties, while Caldwell County has elected to use its own shelter this year instead of bringing animals to Hopkinsville.

A resident of Pleasant View Acres asked fiscal court to accept that roadway into the county’s road plan, noting there’s 17 homes there and no feasible way to maintain the road. Judge-Executive Steve Tribble says there has been and will continue to be discussions about options for the road, noting it does not currently meet specifications in the county’s policy for adoption.