Sharon Town Meeting Rejects Beach Dog Ban, Package Store Plan
Voters resume town meeting at 7 tonight at Sharon High School.
Dogs remain allowed at Sharon's Veterans Memorial Park Beach because voters defeated a proposed ban Monday night.
The annual town meeting also said no to allowing Sharon to grant package store licenses.
The annual town meeting adjourned around 11:12 p.m. to 7 tonight in the Sharon High School auditorium.
Nineteen of the 24 warrant articles remain. The first one involves choosing residents to serve on the finance committee, as recommended by the finance committee nominating committee.
Voters on Monday night acted on all four special town meeting articles, as well as the first five annual town meeting ones, ending with the budget.
Voters discussed the dog ban proposed by the lake management study committee for about 30 minutes before Town Moderator David Yas declared it failed by a voice vote.
Meanwhile, a board of selectmen's proposal that would have allowed the board to grant up to six all-alcohol sales licenses failed, 112 for to 125 against. The vote was on an amended version that opened the licenses to businesses in Post Office Square and Sharon Heights Plaza, rather than just Route 1, Sharon Commons and Shaw's Plaza, and increased the potential licenses to six from four. The businesses in Post Office Square and Sharon Heights Plaza would have been required to maintain their food store component.
However, by a voice vote, residents approved a proposal reducing the minimum seating for licenses to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises to 18 seats, from 50. The move affects Charlie's Deli, Pizza Market and French Memories Bakery & Cafe', as well as the Mangia Neapolitan Pizzeria opening in Sharon Center.
Sharon Patch will have expanded town meeting coverage over the coming days.