Wolfville Lounge Hours

Since we cannot post as often as we would like about issues of interest in Wolfville we welcome submissions such as this one from David Daniels on extending Lounge Hours.

LOUNGING ABOUT
On March 26, 2009, the issue of extending the hours during which liquor could be sold in the Town’s lounges was brought before Council at the behest of local business owners.  Over 2 1/2 years have passed, and there has been no public hearing on this issue, either before the Council or a Town committee, and Council has neither approved nor disapproved of the extension of hours.  The Mayor did not support this proposal when it was considered by the Mayor’s Advisory Group on Community Living Issues.  See Rosemary Segado letter to Gregg Morrison, dated September 28, 2010.
Compare the time elapsed on the lounge hours issue with the “no smoking in cars with children” bylaw, which the Mayor supported.  On February 5, 2007, Smoke Free Kings “encouraged” Council to adopt such a bylaw.  Less than ten months later, by November 19, 2007, the draft bylaw had been written, a detailed report from staff and the Town solicitor had been prepared, a public hearing held and the bylaw adopted.
The respective merits of these two measures are beside the point.  What is clear is that the extension of lounge hours proposal has languished without a public airing for far too long.  Matters presented to Council, especially those brought by local business owners or residents, should be dealt with in a fair and expeditious manner.
Whether the delay in dealing with the extension of lounge hours has been the result of poor leadership, or intentional, or some other explanation, the matter should move forward now without further delay.
At the October 3, 2011 Committee of Council meeting, the lounge hours issue was again discussed and the matter was referred to the new CAO for a report to Council.
David A. Daniels
October 24, 2011
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