Representatives from both the Eagles Club and VFW Post 1913 spoke to the council about taking away the rights of their private members. VFW Commander, John Brame told City Council he never thought he would have to ask for rights his fellow veterans earned many years ago.
Barbara Crawly, a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, heatedly told the Council the ordinance proposed was about taking rights away from citizens.
Skyline Liqours Owner, Billy O’Neal also requested the Council put the two amendments back into the ordinance.
Of the twelve people to speak during public comments, only Ward 7 Candidate William Joe Everett spoke in favor of the ordinance as it was presented.
After Phillip Brooks moved to approve the second reading of the ordinance several amendment were offered, including one by Charlie Henderson, which would reinstate the exemptions for private clubs and 21 and over establishments.
The Hopkinsville City Council voted 9 to 3 to pass the ordinance, with Henderson’s amendment. Paul Henson, Marby Schlegel, and Patricia Bell voted against the amended ordinance. The Council will now have to hold a second reading of the amended ordinance and Charlie Henderson moved to hold a special meeting Thursday evening at 5:30pm for the vote.
There were two other amendments proposed Tuesday night. Marby Schlegel moved to make the smoking ban voluntary for businesses, but her motion failed on a 6-6 tie, with Mayor Dan Kemp voting no. Paul Henson moved to add an exemption for businesses with three or fewer employees, but his motion also failed on a 6-6 tie with the Mayor voting no.
Several individuals also addressed City Council about the Compression Brakes ordinance saying it is a safety measure for truckers and the only real problems are truckers whose braking system bypasses the mufflers. City Council voted to pass the compression brakes ordinance, with City Attorney Doug Willen saying safety and muffled jake brakes were covered under the ordinance.
City Council also voted to accept Walton Way Extension as a city road as well as to appoint Wayne Goolsby to the Pennyroyal Area Museum Board, Karen Boyd to the Renaissance Design Review Board and Chris Gilkey to the Renaissance Design Review Board.