Originally published in The Weekly Packet, January 31, 2013
Sedgwick to consider on-premise liquor license at town meeting
Public hearing scheduled February 7
by Faith DeAmbrose
A citizens’ petition will prompt the town to consider whether or not it wants to grant on-premise liquor licenses for commercial establishments. The vote will be held at the annual town meeting in March and conducted by secret ballot.
Delivered to the board of selectmen by Millbrook Company proprietor Jill Smith on January 24, the petition will force two questions onto the annual town meeting warrant that have to do with the licensing of by-the-glass alcohol (which includes beer and wine) at establishments such as restaurants. One option will ask the town to “authorize the State to issue licenses for the sale of liquor to be consumed on the premises of licensed establishments on days other than Sunday,” and the second to allow “licenses for the sale of liquor to be consumed on the premises of licensed establishments on Sunday.” Voters could pass one without the other. Smith plans to open an eatery at the former Country View property this summer.
Sedgwick is the last town in the Penobscot Bay Press coverage area to remain dry. A similar measure was defeated in 2005.
Residents are asked to come to a public hearing on the items on Thursday, February 7, at 7 p.m. at the town office.