New BBL beer and wine license created

New BBL beer and wine license created

SCITUATE - The Town Council approved the creation of a second beer and wine liquor license, called a BBL, at the request of a business owner in Hope, but council members warned there is no guarantee he will be the one to receive it.

At the April 10 meeting, Town Clerk Margaret Long told the council she received a request from Nick Izzi, owner of the General Country Store in the Hope section of town, for a BBL liquor license.

Izzi, who just opened a pizza parlor, presented the town clerk with a petition signed by 400 people in favor of his request. He was acting on his own initiative and not at the town's request.

Long noted that there are few places "in that neck of the woods where you can get a beer or glass of wine" because few eateries are in Hope.

However, when it comes to awarding a new license, that is a "separate issue," said both Town Solicitor David M. D'Agostino and Councilman William Hurry Jr.

Long immediately agreed that any new license "should be advertised, to be fair to all our constituents." She added that others have asked about obtaining liquor licenses in town in the past.

The council on a 4-0 vote approved the creation of one BBL liquor license, so now there will be two in town. Voting in favor were Council President Charles "Chuck" Collins Jr., Hurry, Councilwoman Brenda Frederickson and Councilman David A. D'Agostino.

Councilman John Winfield Jr. recused himself for reasons he did not explain. Absent from the meeting were council members David Hanna Jr. and Kathleen Knight-Bianchi.

In other business, the council took action on three separate ordinances related to noise, tobacco use and the animal shelter.

Town Engineer David E. Provonsil asked the council to consider what he called "a straightforward" amendment to the noise ordinance that would prohibit truck activity of any kind, such as idling an engine or making deliveries, between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. in village overlay districts. The town Plan Commission recommended the amendment.

The prohibition would apply only to village overlay districts because, Provonsil explained, most residences in these specially zoned areas are close to businesses. Trucks associated with the art festival would be exempt, Provonsil said.

Although the measure passed 5-0 for first approval, Winfield worried that it is "anti-business" and he wants to see specific instances where this ban would be invoked before second and final passage is considered.

"Rhode Island has a bad track record of treating businesses," he said, suggesting situations addressed by the amendment often can be rectified by discussion with the business owner.

Another ordinance amendment up for second and final approval at the next meeting would prohibit the use of smokeless tobacco products in any municipal park and recreation area. Town Solicitor D'Agostino said the measure is based on similar provisions in effect in other communities in the state. The council voted 5-0 for first passage.

The council tabled revisions to the animal ordinance that would allow the animal control officer to waive adoption fees in certain cases, and would change the current system of sending revenue from the fees directly to Friends of the Scituate Animal Shelter.

Solicitor D'Agostino said his "research has not been able to justify" the town sending payments to a private organization, so the funds must go to a town-maintained "segregated account."

In other action, the council:

* Learned from Col. David M. Randall, chief of police, that the town's Fraternal Order of Police Associates (FOPA) changed its name to Scituate Police Associates. The group among other things sponsors the police academy, scholarships and the annual awards dinner, said Randall, who thanked the group as spectators applauded;

* Took no action on a petition from Keith Lambert, doing business as Keystone Novelties Distributors, to sell fireworks for a limited time at the intersection of Route 102 and Route 6.

* Learned from Tom Angell, chair of the conservation commission, about a walk through Lawton Farm, scheduled for Tuesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m. Angell said the walk will last about half an hour and he called the farm property a "pristine" site that town residents should see;

* At the request of Solicitor D'Agostino, tabled ratification of a mutual aid agreement between fire and EMS service organizations for vehicle and apparatus sharing because D'Agostino said he wants additional feedback from others in town;

* Approved issuing a request for proposals for the town and school system's solid waste and recycling services, with plans calling for a one-year contract and bids opened in early May;

* For the second time in about a month, tabled a closed executive session to decide what to do about apparent pension overpayments to two former town workers. Two members of the pension committee were absent, Council members David Hanna Jr. and Kathleen Knight-Bianchi. Collins pledged that the council will take up this controversial matter. "Definitely, it'll be on the agenda next month," he said.