Circuit Court removes City of Vicco question from ballot

Voters will not decide town’s fate

By TJ Caudill - [email protected]

VICCO — The Perry County Circuit Court ruled last week to strike the question of dissolving the City of Vicco from the ballot box on Nov. 8. Voters will no longer be able to choose whether to dissolve the city or not.

Back in August, more than 30 City of Vicco residents signed a petition to dissolve the city. Some of the residents were angry Vicco Mayor Johnny Cummings had considered Sunday alcohol sales.

During the second reading of the Sunday alcohol sales in July, Mayor Cummings and city councilmen struck down the ordinance after several members of the church community stated their opposition to the proposed ordinance.

The Perry Count Circuit Court ruled in a declaratory judgment that the City of Vicco couldn’t be dissolved because the city was more than $140,000 in debt.

John Shackleford, Perry County’s attorney, said if the Vicco pays all of its debt then the question could be put on the ballot during the next election cycle.

As of right now, though, the question of whether the City of Vicco will be dissolved has been struck from the ballot. Voters will no longer have the option available on their ballots.

TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.

Voters will not decide town’s fate

By TJ Caudill

[email protected]

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