A possible Hot Spot is stirring the pot in Rivesville.
Roger Arnett Jr. has built a place for a possible Hot Spot on property long known as the Fairmont Lumber Yard located along the outskirts of town. Arnett wants the place to feature video-gambling machines, but he must first get a state license to sell alcohol to be permitted to offer gaming.
Therein lies the rub, because the town has an ordinance that prohibits new bars from opening except in locations where they previously existed.
Arnett said he has applied for a license to sell alcohol from the state’s Alcohol Beverage Control Administration, and he has received the necessary and proper building permits from Rivesville City Hall.
“We’ve done everything legally and by the books,” he said.
Tammie Crites opposes plans to locate a Hot Spot near a popular ice cream parlor, Dairy Sensations, which is owned by Arnett.
“This is a bad idea that is not good for the town,” said Crites, a former mayor who was recently elected to town council.