Andy Buchanon addresses members of the Essex Town Board about the prohibition of alcohol on town properties during its Oct. 18 meeting.
Photo by Keith Lobdell.
Essex A ban of alcohol on Essex town property will continue to remain in place for the Whallonsburg Grange Hall, for now.
The town council tabled a resolution to rescind the town property prohibition of libations so members of the council could meet with members of the Grange Association.
The original resolution to ban alcohol on property was passed in August and based on an event that was being held at the Grange Hall.
“The Grange had an upcoming event and someone saw the flier and then brought it to the town,” Supervisor Sharon Boisen said. “We did not know that there was alcohol being served on any town property and we met to discuss the matter and decided that from that point forward we would no longer allow it.”
Councilmen James LaForest and Mark Wrisley, who both were unable to attend the August meeting, moved for the resolutions passage before tabling it for further discussions.
“I do not think that we are talking about anybody using the Grange as a bar,” LaForest said. “We are talking about responsible adults having a few drinks.”
“I would think that with the right set of restrictions, I would not have a problem with it,” Wrisley said.
LaForest then asked to have the meetings with members of the Grange committee and any other residents who wanted to be involved.
The discussion was started by Association President Andy Buchanon, who said the issue was “really an important question” for the Grange.
This has a substantial impact on the capacity of the Grange to bring income in,” Buchanon said. “When we heard about the decision, we had a number of talks with our insurance agent, which is the same one the town has, and there are policies and protections in place. We are not talking about rock concerts or teens running around drinking.”