License requirement dropped for Vine Grove Farmers Market

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Family Dollar considers Vine Grove location

By Amber Coulter

Vine Grove Farmers Market vendors who meet certain requirements no longer need to buy business licenses.

The city ordinance that required a $75 license was changed Monday night in a 3-1 vote at Vine Grove’s city council meeting.

A resident brought the long-standing requirement to city officials’ attention last year, saying it wasn’t being enforced among farmers market vendors.

The change waives the requirement for participants buying and selling fresh produce on Tuesdays and Fridays from May through November.

Vendors who sell prepared food items on days other than those specified still is required to get a business license, unless those items are their own and are certified “Kentucky Proud” products.

Councilman Garry McCoy said he was voting against the measure because he thought vendors should be able to sell without a license on all days.

“They’re not hurting anything by setting up any day they like,” he said.

Councilwoman Donna Betson and Councilman Keena Straney said last month that setting certain days would increase turnout on those days and help vendors know when to harvest produce.

Betson and Councilwoman Kathy Sisco were absent for this week’s meeting.

New business. Also at the meeting, Vine Grove Mayor Blake Proffitt addressed the possibility of a Family Dollar coming to Vine Grove.

A sign has been placed on a lot across from Coffey & Chism Funeral Home on Ky. 144 announcing a Family Dollar is coming soon.

Representatives of the business have called city officials expressing an interest in the community, Proffitt said, and discussing issues such as the sort of outdoor lighting that would be allowed and how to address runoff.

“They were very interested in Vine Grove,” he said.

Proffitt said he will let council members know if Family Dollar’s establishment in Vine Grove becomes official, but there has so far been no application to the city to move forward.

Residents have called City Hall with their comments, Proffitt said, and all but two were positive.

Representatives of Family Dollar couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

Business supporting Fun for Everyone park. Members of the Ritchie family, which is organizing efforts to raise money for the “Fun For Everyone Project,” announced at the meeting Gatti’s Pizza on North Mulberry Street in Elizabethtown will donate 20 percent of purchases to the project between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. July 17.

The project aims to establish a playground that can be used by all children, including those with disabilities.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.