Chimney Rock Village Council requesting vote

Feb. 21, 2013 @ 06:32 AM

For the fourth time since 1995, Chimney Rock Village Council is requesting the Rutherford County Board of Elections to call for an Alcohol Beverage Control referendum.

When Village Council met Tuesday night it voted unanimously to request the Board of Elections to call for the referendum for liquor by he vote. The request also has to be approved by the ABC Board.

Village residents made the request of council, said Mayor Pro Tem Bob Wald.

“This is a request from council to ask for a vote,” said Wald. “It is not a vote. The people of the village will decide on the issue.”

If the referendum is placed on the ballot there will be a special election for the issue to be scheduled within 60 to 180 days of the request approval. 

The highest vote approving the referendum was 44 percent and the lowest vote in favor was 33 percent.

In 1995, 35 people voted yes and 58 voted no; in 1999, 17 voters cast affirmative ballots while 53 voted no. The referendum in 2002 reported 26 people voted no and 58 voted yes.

At least half the voters have to cast a “yes” vote to approve the liquor sales.

 Wald said there was “quite a showing” of residents at Tuesday night’s meeting and only one person was against calling for the vote. “Everyone else was for it,” he said.

There were 48 signatures from residents calling for the vote.

The meeting was conducted by Mayor Barbara Meliski.