HARTVILLE: The impending sale of beer, wine and mixed alcoholic beverages at a grocery store in the village has at least one church leader worried.
Pastor Dean Miller of Hartville Church of Christ told the Village Council on Tuesday that he moved to Hartville, in part, because of its “exceptional nature.”
Approval of a local liquor option Nov. 6 brings the potential for changes in the community, he said, and is likely to burden law enforcement.
“The sale of alcohol is very commonplace in our culture, but that doesn’t mean it has to be available everywhere,” Miller said. “You know, we don’t have to be like everyplace else.
“As a matter of fact, us not being that way has made us special and has caused people to be drawn to this area, either to spend their money from other places where they live, or to come and to live here.”
He asked the Village Council whether it would consider passing an ordinance to restrict any additional sale of alcohol.
“That’s beyond our jurisdiction,” Solicitor Ronald Starkey said, noting that the state regulates alcohol sales. He recounted the history of six votes that kept the village “dry” since the repeal of Prohibition in 1933.
The successful attempt by Giant Eagle at passage of the local liquor option followed a redesign of precinct boundaries by the Stark County Board of Elections. The new map added part of Lake Township to the village precinct that includes the grocery store.
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