HARTVILLE: Village Council is asking the state to hold public hearings on two requests for the sale of alcoholic beverages at new businesses.
Sheetz is seeking a carryout license to sell beer at a station to be built at 1280 W. Maple St.
Grinders Above & Beyond, which recently opened at 1212 W. Maple St., wants to sell beer, wine and liquor on premises.
The Division of Liquor Control of the Ohio Department of Commerce would conduct the hearings.
Voter approval would be required before the liquor licenses could be granted, village Solicitor Ronald Starkey said.
The Rev. Daniel Fair, pastor of Hartville Wesleyan Methodist Church, advised council on Tuesday to give alcohol sales as much scrutiny as they have given recently to the issues of hydraulic fracturing and chickens in residential areas.
“I don’t know the hazards of a chicken, but I know the hazards of alcohol,” Fair said.
He said his pastoral work includes helping people put their lives back together after the damage alcohol has caused.
Fair said that if more restaurants and stores start selling alcoholic beverages, Hartville might lose the unique quality it had as a “dry” community.
The Giant Eagle grocery store started beer and wine sales following voter approval of a local option in November.
Sherrie Gantz, who lives near the Sheetz and Grinders locations, said a drunk driver struck and killed her fiance.
“I do not want to see alcohol sales in Hartville,” said Gantz, whose ownership of backyard chickens has led council to study current zoning rules.
In other action, council annexed the 1.1-acre Nick’s Body Shop property at 1400 Edison St. NW.