Richmond surveys illustrate residents’ stance on Sunday alcohol sales and golf carts

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – During a city commission meeting on July 19, the city’s residents expressed their thoughts on recent issues such as Sunday alcohol sales and allowing golf carts on city streets.

Richmond residents overwhelmingly favor allow expanded Sunday alcohol sales, and City Commissioners likely will grant their wish.

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89 percent of more than 18 people who responded to a survey support allowing package and grocery stores as well as breweries and wineries to sell liquor and alcohol between 1 p.m. and midnight on Sundays. Restaurants already can sell liquor by the drink during those hours.

Richmond City Manager Rob Minerich said, “And a lot of it had to do with all the adjacent counties and cities are already doing this for the most part. So people feel like we’re missing out on business with people driving to the next community to get alcohol.”

The city commission will likely consider the change, along with some other upgrades to the city’s alcohol laws, at its August 10 meeting.

At the same time, a majority of Richmond residents don’t favor allowing golf carts on city streets.

53 percent opposed the idea in the recent city survey with most citing safety as the biggest concern. The issue generated 12 pages of comments with almost no one speaking in favor, even though the city would have to provide licenses and inspections and carts would have to have seat belts, lights, blinkers and other gear.

“I think people need to realize Richmond is not a resort destination, we’re not Naple, Florida, we’re not. I think of my grandmother  in Sunlakes in Arizona, same type of layout, it was a golf car community. I just think we’re opening a real can of worms,” stated Minerich.

A resident had suggested the idea to make the city more like a resort.