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.
continued Buchanon was followed by Mac MacDevitt of the Prevention Team, who spoke against the town rescinding the decree.
“If you reverse this policy, in a sense you are promoting the use of alcohol by making it OK on town property,” MacDevitt said. “The power you own is when you own these properties and you are the landlord. In this case, it seems like it would be very responsible, but you would be promoting alcohol use.”
After the remarks, Boisen along with council members Claire LaPine and Harold MacDougal said they would continue to support the ban on all properties, including the Grange.
“I feel that we need to protect the public and I do not support it,” Boisen said.
“I stick by it,” LaPine said. “I do not want the liability.”
“I have been in a bar many times and was there for the purpose of a drink,” MacDougal said. “I have never had a bartender cut me off. I am not changing my mind.”
Buchanon, who became frustrated during the board comments, fired back.
“I am not in favor of government bodies determining how and where I can enjoy something,” he said angrily. “If you could tell me one time when there has been one issue with the Grange, then we could have this discussion, but you can’t.”
“We support the events, but this is the taxpayers’ property and that is where I am coming from,” Boisen responded.
“I have a problem with you saying that we are not allowing people to have their functions,” LaPine said to Buchanon. “I don’t see it. We could all move to Argyle and be a completely dry town and then this would also not be a topic for discussion that way.”