HAZARD — The City of Hazard is updating miscellaneous business regulations within city limits. The information in this article was taken from a press release sent by the city’s assistant attorney.
The City of Hazard City Commissioners have worked diligently to update the Miscellaneous Business Regulations. The updated business ordinance was developed to encourage new business and commerce.
The Miscellaneous Business Regulations Ordinance was updated to include new fees on coin machine operations within city limits. In addition, the ordinance now allows all businesses to operate on Sundays without restriction. This ordinance also includes a new section dedicated to Special Events within the City of Hazard. The Special Events section allows for a streamlined process, including new applications, to allow Special Events to generate income and tourism within the City throughout the year.
To benefit local craftsman, food producers and other local businesses, the City of Hazard has excluded local vendors from having to pay vendor fees to participate in Special Events. Local vendors include all residents of Perry, Knott, Leslie, Letcher and Breathitt counties. Regional residents of Area Coal Counties will pay a reduced rate when participating in Special Events. In addition, persons or businesses that have a current City of Hazard business license are also excluded from paying the vendor fee.
Non-profit organizations sponsoring and participating in Special Events are still excluded from paying participation fees. The City Commissioners are encouraging for-profit vendors to donate to local non-profits, including schools and athletic teams, by waiving participation fees if the for-profit vendor agrees to donate to local non-profits 25% of their profits or $100.00, whichever is greater.
Special event sponsors and vendors that are licensed to do so may sell alcoholic beverages during Special Events. This new section of the ordinance will allow local farmer’s market vendors to sell their wares and also keep Hazard current with tourism trends. Special Event sponsors that elect to have alcoholic beverages are required to work with local authorities to make certain that all local, state and federal laws concerning alcoholic beverages are followed.
The City of Hazard City Commissioners next meeting is Monday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall and as always. The public is welcome. The City Commissioners suggest that business owners and interested citizens go to the City of Hazard website, www.hazardky.gov to review the ordinances in their entirety. The ordinances are also available at City Hall.
Lori M. Reynolds is the Assistant City Attorney for Hazard.
Sam Neace is a reporter for the Hazard Herald and can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.