HOPE — The Select Board voted unanimously Jan. 25 to grant a new liquor license to the Hope General Store.

Owners Peter McClure and Simone-Claire Delevett applied for the license, which will allow the store to offer beer and wine on the premises. Customers will be able to drink in a small seating area inside, which has five tables and bench seating.

It was noted at the meeting that this will not include drinking outdoors at the picnic table area. That would require fencing in the area where alcohol would be served.

In other business, the board voted unanimously to appoint Michael Schultz to the Budget Committee. He fills a vacancy on the board and will have a limited term until June 30.

Schultz has an education in civil and electronic engineering, according to his application to serve, and has worked as a systems engineer and in human resources.

Select Board member Bruce Haffner said the board should buy a plow truck and hire someone to handle plowing for the town-owned lots including the fire department properties and the town office parking area. He said this would save the town money rather than contracting the work each year.

Chair Sarah Ann Smith said she could look into it, but added she thought the cost of storage, labor and other factors would have to also be considered. Haffner said he would research the plan.



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