Rockland rejects reconsidering restaurant request

By Stephen Betts | Sep 04, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts The Brass Compass will not be able to serve beer and wine this year at its outside leased space.

Rockland — The Rockland City Council will not reconsider its rejection last month of a request by the owner of the Brass Compass restaurant to serve beer and wine in the 10-foot wide strip of land she leases next to her cafe.

The City Council discussed the issue at its Wednesday evening, Sept. 4, meeting.

The council had rejected Brass Compass owner Lynn Archer's request at its Aug. 12 meeting on 3-2 vote, with Councilors Ed Glaser, Valli Geiger and Benjamin Dorr rejecting the proposal and Mayor Lisa Westkaemper and Councilor Amelia Magjik supporting the request.

Geiger had expressed concern about cordoning off part of a veterans' memorial park for a private business.

Magjik offered at the Sept. 4 meeting to again sponsor a proposal to amend the lease with the Brass Compass to allow her to sell beer and wine. That would require the 10-foot wide section to be roped off from the remainder of the Winslow-Holbrook Park.

City Attorney Mary Costigan said, however, that it would set a bad precedent for the City Council to bring up an agenda article that had already been rejected. She said after a new council is elected in November, the issue could again be considered.

Councilor Ed Glaser said that also would give the city time to review the lease for next year. Glaser had said last month that if the city simply allowed it this year, it would be giving something away and getting nothing in return.

Archer pays $1,500 to have eight tables and chairs on the 10-foot wide strip from May 15 through Oct. 31.

Archer submitted a letter to the council Aug. 26 and a petition signed by 75 people asking councilors to reconsider her request to serve beer and wine.

In her Aug. 26 letter, Archer pointed out that she has been an advocate for Rockland and employs 50 people at her two restaurants. She complained about being treated disrespectfully at the Aug. 12 meeting.

Comments (3)
Posted by: Cynthia Mary Anderson | Sep 05, 2019 16:28

I don't want to see the park disturbed.  I agree with the city council.

Posted by: Stephen Betts | Sep 05, 2019 07:02

Councilors voiced concerns about cordoning off a section of a public park for a private business.

Posted by: Jeannie Colson | Sep 05, 2019 06:56

What reason was given for denying the request?

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