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SK Council addresses shift in liquor licenses

December 12, 2012

The South Kingstown Town Council voted to reduce the number of Class B Limited licenses to four and plans to hold a public hearing on potentially adding a Class T license.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The South Kingstown Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to amend the town’s liquor license regulations, changing the number of Class B Limited licenses from five to four.

Paul Kay, of Woodhouse Fire N Coal Pizza on Main Street, relinquished his Class B Limited liquor license through a Nov. 30 letter, prompting the change to the town’s regulations.

In January the town will look to hold a public hearing in regarding the addition of a Class T license, which is different from classes of licenses currently permitted in the town, according to Steve Alfred, town manager. Class T will be for theaters wishing to serve alcohol to patrons.

The town council also approved a resolution authorizing the town clerk to advertise for a public hearing regarding the application for transfer of a Class B Victualler liquor license from Casey’s Restaurant to Rare – Steak and Fish.

As previously reported by The Narragansett Times, Casey’s on Old Tower Hill Road will close Dec. 16 and new co-owners Charlie Samaras and Jamie Laplume will take over and renovate the space before reopening as Rare – Steak and Fish in March.

Additionally, the council approved a resolution authorizing the town clerk to advertise a public hearing concerning a “pre-agreement” request on the behalf of the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County for $120,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds.

The funds will assist with the conversion of the Domestic Violence Resource Center’s conversion of its safe house facility to permanent supportive housing.

Vincent Murray, South Kingstown’s director of planning, said the project has received all local approvals necessary. He added that it usually involves funding from multiple entities and the town council will discuss funding approximately 20 percent of the project’s total costs at an upcoming public hearing.

“We do believe the project is a very worthy one for the town to consider,” said Vin Murray, South Kingstown’s director of planning.

Council members agreed.

“This town council fully supports and thanks you for all the work that you have done,” said Ella Whaley, council president.

Council Vice President Carol Hagan McEntee called the project a “win-win.”

All public hearings approved at Monday’s meeting will be scheduled for town council meetings in the coming months.

In other business, the council approved an additional $9,264 in funding for the Kingston Free Library painting project. In August, the council approved $88,381 for the project but workers discovered significant rotting in parts of the building in need of repair. The new cost of the project with the additional funds is $97,645.

The council also approved the purchase of two new SUVs for the town from Paul Masse Chevrolet in East Providence for $46,364. The town will replace a 1998 Jeep and a 1997 Chevrolet with two 2013 Chevrolet Equinox SUVs, which the town felt most closely met its needs regarding the specifications of the SUVs desired.

In appointments, the town council reappointed Rosalyn B. Gaines and James A. Garfield to the South Kingstown Historic District Commission for terms ending in Dec. 2015.

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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