Carlisle Borough is moving quickly to give its downtown bars, distilleries and breweries a way to continue serving drinks that customers can enjoy outside.
Last year, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a law allowing these establishments to set up outdoor seating at no cost or inspection and allowing them to sell mixed drinks in take-out containers. This capacity ended when the declaration of pandemic emergency was lifted.
With the declaration being lifted, Borough Director Susan Armstrong said the Borough would now have to decide whether to continue the policies it instituted in June 2020 to allow sidewalk cafes in the city center. expand beyond the corporate footprint and allow open alcohol containers on public sidewalks. in the downtown district.
The borough council voted on Wednesday to announce an ordinance that would do just that.
The prescription must be published for at least 10 days. In order to apply it as quickly as possible to downtown businesses, the borough will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. on July 15.
“We have monitored both of these measures throughout the year and I am happy to say that we have received very few concerns expressed,” Armstrong said.
Armstrong said that a downtown business had previously asked the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to continue to use neighboring properties and needed documents indicating the borough would allow them to do so.
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Mayor Tim Scott said there had been no calls or summons from Carlisle Police and no incidents of public drunkenness beyond what has been seen in other areas of the borough since open containers were allowed.
“I think on that basis we should consider drafting and publishing the ordinance tonight,” he said.
Councilor Joel Hicks said the borough was operating under the same conditions that would exist under the ordinance for the past year. If anything, there should be discussions about extending the arrangements beyond the C-1 district, he said.
While expressing support for the measure, Councilor Deb Fulham-Winston said students at Dickinson College were not in town at full capacity last year. She suggested that the borough work with the college so that students can be informed of the order.
“That’s the only thing that’s going to change over the next six months is that the students are going to come back,” she said.
The ordinance states that the lifting of the ban on open containers does not replace the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board code and regulations and any other applicable law.
This means that the future of on-the-go mixed drinks remains in the hands of the legislature. A measure allowing the sale of such drinks was passed by the Republican-controlled legislature, but Wolf threatened with a veto, opposing a last-minute Senate provision in the bill that would have allowed mixed drinks to also be sold in places like the grocery store. licensed beer and wine stores, convenience stores and distributors.
The House has passed a clean bill without this provision, but it has not yet been passed by the Senate.
The borough council also agreed to send a letter to Rep. Barb Gleim and Senator Mike Regan encouraging them to pass a clean bill allowing mixed drinks.
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