Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

August 23, 2013

Grayson names city attorney ABC administrator

Leeann Akers
CNHI

GRAYSON — The Grayson City Council took additional steps to prepare the town for legal alcohol sales last week.

The council decided to have City Attorney Reid Glass serve as the city’s alcoholic beverage administrator for three months, at a salary of $1,000 per month.

Mayor George Steele said Glass was already familiar with the alcohol ordinance and was available to go to training for the position this week.

Steele said the position will be reevaluated after the three-month period.

Grayson voters approved the legal sale of alcohol in June.

Several ordinances concerning planning and zoning for alcohol sales also were passed.

Alcohol sales will be limited to the central business and highway business zones with an exception for catering licenses. No licenses for the sale of alcohol shall be granted to businesses, including existing businesses, in residential zones.

Council also passed an ordinance restricting signage. Businesses may have only one free-standing sign, not to exceed 100 square feet. In the Main Street Renaissance zone, signs must not exceed 25 square feet.

Temporary mobile or portable signs of no more than 32 square feet will be allowed for the announcement of a new business or significant changes to an existing business for a period of 90 days.

Signs on exterior walls cannot exceed 5 percent of the building’s wall where they are mounted and temporary signs on windows cannot exceed 20 percent of the window area.

Limited exemptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis through an application to the planning and zoning committee.

A third ordinance that addressed the Renaissance Area also passed. The area of Main Street, from Carol Malone Boulevard to the old courthouse and the area of Carol Malone from the City Building to the Grayson Gallery and Arts Center, was designated as the Renaissance Area. All newly built structures and remodeling of existing structures must be approved for appearance and design by the planning and zoning committee.

Several business have published notices of their intent to sell alcohol in the Grayson Journal-Times.