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Dillsburg may have alcohol referendum on ballot

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The Borough of Dillsburg has been dry for several decades, but voters may have a chance to change that.

Dillsburg Borough Council passed a resolution to petition the York County Board of Elections for a referendum on the May 21 ballot that would ask voters if they would like a liquor license in the borough.

At a meeting last week, Council approved the resolution 5-1. Mayor Hank Snyder vetoed the council's decision. Councilman John Richardson moved to override the mayor's veto, and it passed with a 5-1 vote.

"We are letting the people of Dillsburg decide whether they want restaurants and businesses within the borough to serve alcohol," councilman John Richardson Jr. said. "It is a very limited area in the borough where it can be served, so it is not where we can have a bar on every corner. It is limited in the two sections of the borough that allow it which are along the Route 15 corridor, not in downtown Dillsburg."

News of the possible change made its way to customers at the Square Bean coffee shop in the town square. Shop owner Jeff Conrady was not opposed to the idea.

"I am certainly not excited about the idea of a corner pub that is just a bar. If it is a national chain, someone that has a lot of accountability and responsibility, that could add to the community environment. That could be an addition to downtown traffic. I think it would be a great idea," said Conrady. "Certainly there are concerns, there are always concerns with change, but I would love to see us move forward in Dillsburg"

Several Dillsburg residents at the Square Bean agreed.

"We have a lot of pizza parlors in Dillsburg, so we need a different variety," said Cheryl Richardson.

"If we had a liquor license in the borough, then people wouldn't go out to Carlisle or even Harrisburg to drink. They would stay here and I think we should keep the business local," said Karen Fleeger.

Before the question can show up on the May ballot, a petition with 292 signatures must be presented to the York County Board of Elections. The deadline is March 11.

"It is a very high number for the borough, so it could be a challenge to get 292 signatures," said Richardson. "Petitions are in several people's hands and several businesses within the borough, so if they receive the number of signatures by the deadline it will be on the ballot."

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