A special election will be held March 22 from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. at the old Auburn City Hall building to decide if a winery on the outskirts of Auburn can sell alcohol by the drink. The winery is located on Liberty Church Road off of Hwy. 103 and is in the E102 precinct.
A petition was passed around, and once it held enough signatures, was turned into Judge Executive’s office for authenticity by the county attorney.
The law requires a successful petition to have 25 percent of the number of voters who turned out in the last general election in that precinct. According to Clerk Scotty Harper the precinct had 1,400 registered voters.
Don Davis decided to plant a small vineyard to grow grapes for Cave Valley Winery in Park City. But once his vines were planted, his plans changed and after experimenting with making his own wine at home, he decided to use the grapes he would be growing himself; and so, Carriage House Vineyards was born.
In all, Carriage House Vineyards has 1,176 vines on 1.5 acres. Future plans for the vineyard include doubling that to approximately 2,000 vines on three acres, as well as developing a location in the vineyard to hold events such as weddings.
A federal permit for the small winery has already been obtained. Davis now has to cross one more hurdle to be able to sell his wine from his location by having a vote.
The special election costs the county between $4,000 and $5,000. There is current legislation in Frankfort, that if passed, would require those who request a special election by petition pay for a percentage of it themselves.
This decision would only affect the property the winery is located and no where else in that precinct or the county.
Another petition is currently circulating around Logan County and, if there are enough signatures, it will allow for another special election that could result in legalized alcohol sales throughout the county. The effort is being spearheaded by Adairville mayor Donna Blake and Auburn city council member Norma Kutzman.
Currently alcohol can only be sold in the city limits of Russellville, but if this comes to a vote and it passes, alcohol will be able to be sold anywhere in the county – including the cities of Adairville, Lewisburg and Auburn.
The wording on the petition states, “We the undersigned registered voters petition for a countywide election within 3 months of presentation of petition on the following questions: ‘Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in Logan County?’”
Blake has been looking into the various options of legalized alcohol sales for several weeks now, after being presented with a new business opportunity for her city.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.