Tal­bot coun­cil will try again on bistro bill

The Star Democrat - - FRONT PAGE - By CON­NIE CON­NOLLY cconnolly@ches­pub.com

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.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter @ con­nie_s­tar­dem.


Tal­bot County Coun­cil will meet this Tues­day, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Bradley room, south wing of the court­house in Eas­ton.

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