Talbot council will try again on bistro bill
EASTON — In a second attempt to create a new type of liquor license class, the Talbot County Council will introduce a “bill to amend chapter 11 (alcoholic beverages) to establish a class ‘I’ license for alcohol dispensary bistros” during its 6 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14.
Council meetings are held in the Bradley Room of the Talbot County Courthouse.
At its Oct. 24 meeting, the council postponed amending the liquor code. “In lieu of voting on it, (the) council will be starting with a new bill that will mirror the provisions of Bill 1375, but do it in a slightly different way, assigning a different license designation,” Council President Jennifer Williams said.
Introduced on Sept. 12, Bill 1375 would have amended Chapter 11 of the Code to allow for holders of Class E alcohol dispensary licenses to establish a craft beer and wine sampling bar in a quarter of the space allotted for packaged liquor sales.
A public hearing was held on Oct. 10, followed by an Oct. 17 work session, during which Council Member Corey Pack proposed an amendment to the bill that would have changed some key wording and added additional restrictions to the endorsement.
At its 90-minute work session, the council discussed different assumptions about and interpretations of the law. Council members debated whether the endorsement allowed for a liquor store to establish a craft beer and wine tasting bar, a bistro serving larger servings of beer and wine along with light fare or a limited sampling of the beverages with snacks to promote carry-out purchases.
The council also will introduce a resolution to lease over 1,000 feet of space in the Talbot County Business Center on Easton Parkway to Superior Staging and Redesign, LLC, currently located at 110 North Washington Street in Easton.
Public hearings will be held at 6:30 p.m. for three resolutions and one bill.
The public is invited to weigh in on Resolution 252 “which supports the appli-
cation to the Maryland Department of Commerce to declare the enterprise zone for a portion of the village of Tilghman,” said Talbot County Assistant County Planner Miguel Salinas on Oct. 24 when the resolution was introduced.
The incentives would benefit businesses that want to make capital improvements “that may or may not result in the hiring of additional employees,” Salinas said.
Businesses within the enterprise zone would be eligible for property tax credits, as well.
Also on the agenda for
public comment is Bill 1376 which would refine the boundaries of 13 villages to make them more consistent with the county’s 2016 comprehensive plan.
The bill authorizes amending the county’s zoning maps and the “catalog of limited development areas (LDAs) and intensely developed areas (IDAs) ... to modify village center zoning district (VC Zone) boundaries” for 13 villages.
The rezoning was recommended in the county’s 2016 comprehensive plan. According to the proposed bill, “affected lands removed
from the (Village Center) VC Zone” would be rezoned to “classifications consistent with the comprehensive plan and in accordance with the surrounding areas.”
The villages included in the zoning amendment are Bozman, Claiborne, Cordova, Copperville, Longwoods, McDaniel, Newcomb, Royal Oak, Skipton, Tunis Mills, Wittman, Williamsburg and Wye Mills.
Public hearings on Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)/Homeless Initiative Applications for both the Talbot Interfaith Shelter and Neighborhood Service Center will be fol-
lowed by administrative resolutions to authorize the applications.
Cassandra Vanhooser, director of the Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism and Sam Shoge, economic development coordinator, will present a proposal for a county-owned and operated drone program.
Steve Tomczewski, managing director of environmental operations for Maryland Environmental Service will update the council, and Ron Corder, Monsanto’s district sales manager will present an agricultural edu-
cation grant to Easton High School.
Also on the agenda are the council’s presentation of a certificate of appreciation to Easton Utilities Commission and a proclamation of November as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.
Items sometimes are added to or subtracted from the agenda as the council deems necessary, without prior notice.
To view the agenda, legislation and interactive maps, log onto www.talbotcoun tymd.gov.
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Talbot County Council will meet this Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Bradley room, south wing of the courthouse in Easton.