WARFIELD, Ky. – It won’t be long until residents in Martin County, Ky. will no longer have to cross the bridge into West Virginia to purchase alcohol.
The city of Warfield was just one of several small cities across the state of Kentucky to hold wet/dry elections on September 27.
The ordinance passed with a vote of 64 to 7.
Although, the voter turnout was considered low by the Martin County Clerk’s office, considering the town is home to only 260 residents.
Mayor Ronald Workman said, “I am glad it passed, so the little town of Warfield has a chance at survival.”
Like all small towns it is a daily struggle to pay the bills, with a loss of around $29,000 in coal severance money.
In the past four years the mayor and the four commissioners in the town have not received a paycheck.
In an attempt to save money the street lights have been turned off and the city employee hours have been cut to 24 hours a week.
Mayor Workman says he understands the approval will not bring big businesses such as Applebee’s, Olive Garden and Red Lobster to the area, but the city does have the potential to generate around $40,000 – $60,000 per year.
Lawrence County, Ky. passed the ordinance around a year and a half ago and during a six month period approximately $47,000 in revenue was generated and around $975,000 was generated in business revenue from alcohol sales alone.
Under state law a 60 day waiting period will be in place after that time anyone who wishes to apply for a license to sell alcohol in the city limits of Warfield can apply for a license at city hall.
An additional 30 day wait period after you file for the license is also mandatory.
Only two businesses will be granted a license to sell liquor; all other issued license will cover beer and malt beverages, etc.
Anyone wishing to obtain more information on how to apply for a license can contact city hall at 606-395-6423.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext. 2278.