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Mixed drinks headed to referendum

BAILEY — The board of commissioners want voters to decide whether mixed drinks should be served within town limits.

The board voted unanimously during a Monday public hearing to have a referendum request for mixed drinks added to the ballot in the November election.

The Leaning Tree, an Italian restaurant on Deans Street, has applied to the state’s ABC Commission to be able to served drinks mixed with whiskey and other hard alcohol. The town board approved a Local Government Opinion Form at its May meeting. The motion was made by Commissioner Dillon Bissette and seconded by Commissioner Ervin Powell.

The Leaning Tree has already been granted a beer and wine permit by the board of commissioners during the February town board meeting.

The restaurant is located in a traditional residential zoning district. The owner has an active special use zoning permit on file with town hall approved by the town’s board of adjustment, according to a finding of facts form provided by Shawn Lucas, the town’s zoning administrator.

Restaurants are allowed as a special use in traditional residential districts in Bailey. 

Lucas recommended approval of the form to accompany the restaurant’s ABC permit request to the state.