Beer tent may be back at fair

— North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi said he felt the county was not sending the wrong message since they were not the organization running the fair.

"I would have a problem if this was Essex County running this operation, but we are not," Politi said.

He added that there are a number of situations throughout the county where towns were selling beer on property they owned.

" We sell beer on the municipal golf courses," Politi said. "I do understand the argument with regards to appearance and I do have a problem with that. If this is being done by the fair association and it is specific to this event, then I do not know if I have a problem with that."

Connell said that the members of the fair committee had been through all of the things that would be needed to sell beer at the fair, and that sales would be limited to only beer.

"There would be no wine or other alcohol," he said. "Our fair facilities committee went through everything we needed to on alcohol sales, including insurance and everything that has to be in place."

Connell said that the tent would be located near the center of the fairgrounds.

"There will be a tent set up and they will have to stay in the tent with the beer," Connell said. "There is an area for it to be consumed and the only place where it can be."

Connell said that the fair had previously stopped the practice of a beer tent due to liability concerns, but that the process for getting proper coverage has changed and a lot of other fairs have gone back to having a beer tent.

"If they are going to go through the state board and have an ABC officer, I do not have a problem with that," Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow said.

Connell, Morrow, Politi, Newcomb Supervisor and DPW Committee chair George Canon and St. Armand Supervisor Joyce Morency voted to pass the resolution on to the Ways and Means Committee. Voting against the motion were Scozzafava and Marnell, while Essex Supervisor Sharon Boisen and Keene Supervisor William Ferebee were absent from the meeting.

The resolution will be brought before the Ways and Means Committee Monday, April 30. If passed, it will go before the full board for a weighted vote the following Monday.

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