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Committee has ideas about more regulations for alcohol sales in Chatham town park

May 18, 2023 12:28 am

Jammel Cutler reports for Columbia-Greene Media that Chatham's Park and Recreation Committee is proposing a special-use-permit policy regulating alcohol sales at events on town-owned properties. Drinking, smoking, and drug use are typically prohibited in the park. Currently, though, there is a policy for alcohol sales at the park, with an application due 45 days before the event going to the town board. Applicants need to get liability insurance naming the town as additionally insured, and list the name of a vendor with a New York State liquor license and the required permit for the sales. Then they must leave a $1,000 security deposit and pay a $250 fee and provide a map of the designated area where alcohol would be served. The committee wants the town to be able to discriminate between types of applications The committee wrote to the town that they believe "consideration should be given to the makeup of the attendance at the event," as they are concerned about youth who use the park being exposed to alcohol sales. Chatham Town Recreation Director Michael West said that excessive alcohol use isn’t a problem at the park currently. Read the full story at HudsonValley360.com.