Metcalfe County magistrates denied a request for an entertainment license Tuesday morning after discussing a report prepared by County Attorney Sharon Bowles Howard.
Jeffrey J. Daniel applied for an entertainment license in December with Metcalfe County Clerk Carol England Chaney. Although the application didn’t specify the type of business Daniel wishes to operate, it was later revealed that he enjoys playing music and wants a place on Columbia Road where people can listen to his music and maybe dance.
A public hearing regarding Daniel’s request was scheduled for Jan. 14, but the hearing was postponed until Tuesday because Daniel was not present Jan. 14 to explain the details of his business plan.
Howard presented a report Tuesday that she compiled after conducting an investigation pertaining to Daniel’s request.
“There is an extensive criminal record,” Howard said. “Mr. Daniel pointed out everything was pretty much in the past. I think I listed in my report the charges I was most concerned about, and most of these charges have been dismissed, but a lot of them are on deferral also.”
Howard’s report included references to three DUI charges and two commercial truck violations.
“The location for the entertainment permit, I drove down by there. There were a lot of homes nearby. They apparently have gotten together and signed a petition,” Howard said. “All of these live close by that are on this petition.”
Howard received the petition Monday, after she had completed her report. It included the names of 20 people asking magistrates to deny the entertainment license.
“At this point, because of the close proximity of the neighbors, I would comment that I cannot recommend this be passed,” Howard said.
Howard asked Metcalfe County Sheriff Rondal Shirley if there had been any incidents on the property where Daniel wants to open his entertainment business.
Shirley said deputies have responded to two calls at the address, one of which involved a domestic situation.
After magistrates voted to deny the request, Metcalfe County Judge-Executive Greg Wilson asked Daniel, who attended Tuesday’s hearing, if he wished to make a statement.
Daniel said he only wanted to get his entertainment license in the event he decided to open a business. He had heard of scenarios in which people had not taken the proper steps and had their entertainment businesses closed, he said. “I just want people to agree with me,” Daniels said.
Wilson told Daniels that he could potentially reapply for an entertainment license at another time. Wilson also told Daniel he could appeal the magistrates’ decision in court.
“I’ll just come back at a later date and try it again. It’s not a big thing. I wasn’t going to do anything right away,” Daniel said.
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