County, town drawing up regulations for beer, liquor
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Legal advertisements appear in The Times this week concerning the regulations which will apply to beer, light wine and liquor sales in the county.
Supervisors met last week to draft the rules after countians voted 75% to 25% in favor of legal sale of beer and liquor in the county on Nov. 3.
While there will be a period of weeks before sales can take place of either product, the possession and consumption of alcoholic products becomes legal in the county once election commissioners certify the results of the Nov. 3 election.
While the county has spelled out its regulations, the town board of aldermen must meet to determine how sales will take place within the city limits.
Beer retailers in the county will be subject to a $15 annual fee to be payable at the tax collector’s office. Those details are still to be worked out.
The supervisors expect package beer sales, or single cans, to take place in groceries, convenience stores, dollar stores, etc. but not by the drink in bars, as bars are not addressed in the resolution. However, the board will allow sale by the drink in conjunction with a meal served at a restaurant in the county.
To qualify as a restaurant where alcoholic beverages can be sold, the restaurant may derive 40% of its income from alcoholic beverages and 60% from food prepared on premises.
In the county sales are prohibited within 400 feet of a church or school.
Alcoholic Beverage Control Board regulate liquor sales, and their regulations take the lead for liquor store licenses.
A detailed description of the county regulations surrounding the sale of beer, light wine and liquor appear in a lengthy legal advertisement in The Times this week.