'We don't want a fight': locals sign petition, Elkhorn City to vote on alcohol sales status in November

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ELKHORN CITY, Ky. (WYMT) - Elkhorn City voters will see a familiar question on their election ballots in November.

Following years of debate about whether the city should allow alcohol sales within city limits, the community will have a chance to officially respond during this year’s general election.

The city voted down the option in 2009 but has seen petitions floating several times since then. However, local woman Gypsy Cantrell-Ratliff decided it was time to see the vote on the ballots again.

“People are passionate about this,” she said. “We do not want a fight. I’m not calling it a battle.”

She said the petition received 150 signatures, which was more than the required amount. Which she said she believes is a sign that the city is ready to move forward.

“We’re right now at an intersection as far as the future of our town,” she said.

Ratliff said the change would be beneficial to the city if it is voted in this year. Adding that it would create revenue for the police department.

“They need vehicles and equipment, and we need to be able to hire more officers,” she said. “We don’t have the funds for that. But this will help do that.”

She said it’s not about “drunkenness” and she is not in favor of seeing a bar open in the city, but would like to see its restaurants have the opportunity to serve alcoholic beverages. She said the future of Elkhorn is at stake.

“I just want my children and - if I ever have any grandchildren - to be able to live in a community that they’re proud of," she said.

Ratliff said the rules and regulations involved would be up to the city council if the people in the city voted to allow alcohol sales in November. That, she said, should calm the fears of anyone who is afraid the alcohol sales would create the party atmosphere.

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