Tribune-Courier News Reporter
The Calvert City Council was scheduled to meet last night in regular session to have the first reading of an ordinance that will pave the way for annexation of the Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park into Calvert City limits.
Calvert City Mayor Lynn Jones said the council has shown nothing but support for the entire project so far and he expects the rest of the process will run smoothly.
The Calvert City Council will now meet in special session Thursday night to read the annexation adoption ordinance. Law requires that after that meeting the ordinance must be published in the newspaper which will finalize the process. Once complete, Calvert City will gain more than 1,350 acres of land as well as all of the parks amenities.
Jones said the KDV Resort, golf course, airport, Boys and Girls Sheriff’s Ranch, tree farm and marina will all become part of Calvert City.
State leaders and the Calvert City Council had hoped to have the annexation complete before the busy Memorial Day holiday, but Jones said state surveyors were delayed because of the difficulty of researching old deeds relating to KDV.
“We were ready for the process much earlier, but we needed the property description from the state and we just recently received that,” Jones said. “Now that we have the information and it has been assimilated we have been able to draft our annexation ordinance.”
“When surveyors began their work no one realized the scope of the project,” he said. “It took more time than anticipated to figure out where the property lines were.”
Jones said the Calvert City Council is anxious to have the annexation completed so they can begin building a better image for their city.
“Calvert City is in the process of renaming itself – we want to project the image of being a safe, relaxing, entertaining and family-oriented area,” Jones said. “The annexation of Kentucky Dam Village furthers that image. We all see it as an opportunity to show Calvert City in a better light – to show it as more than the industry it is known for.”
Jones said the overwhelming majority of people and other agencies have been supportive of the annexation process.
“There have been those hesitant to the process and even a few have spoken against it, but mostly there has been an outpouring of support for the project. Everyone seems to see it as a big win,” Jones said. “We all believe this is something that is going to take Calvert City to the next level and will continue bringing people to our city for years to come.”
Kentucky Tourism officials say the state will move forward on obtaining licensing to serve alcoholic beverages within the restaurant and convention center at Kentucky Dam Village as soon as the annexation process is complete.
Gil Lawson, Executive Director for the Kentucky Tourism Department, said the legal process to obtain a liquor license could take anywhere from 45-60 days to finalize.
He said if the local and state Alcohol and Beverage Control administrators approve the application alcohol sales could begin as early as this fall.
By-the-drink liquor sales in dining facilities with 100 or more seats were legalized in Calvert City in 2004. In 2011 Kentucky began allowing state parks to sell alcohol by-the-drink in communities which were already wet or moist. With most of Kentucky’s 51 state parks in dry communities only a handful were affected by the 2011 change in policy – which came about as a way to boost sales of food, overnight lodging, golf course usage and convention center business in Kentucky’s state parks system.
Lawson said the golf course at Kentucky Dam Village will be excluded from the effort to sell alcohol because it does not have a food service component required by the Calvert City alcohol ordinance.