COUDERSPORT — Two separate public hearings on a noise ordinance and to allow Sheetz to sell alcohol at its new location on Peet Street were held during the last Coudersport Borough Council meeting on Nov. 20.
A public hearing was held on enforcing a new noise ordinance, which would supersede the Liquor Code. Enforcement of the Liquor Code is the purview of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement. Coudersport held a public hearing to consider enacting its own noise ordinance for establishments with liquor licenses, allowing the borough take over enforcement of the noise section of the Liquor Code from the BLCE.
“The law is so strict that if you are standing on the sidewalk immediately beside such an established and you can hear amplified sound at all, then that establishment can be cited, fined, maybe lose their liquor license and so on,” Dan Glassmire, borough solicitor, said. He said there’s a provision in the law that allows the borough to adopt an ordinance that would put the borough in charge of regulating noise at liquor licensed establishments.
This came to the attention of the council in May when Hans Nielsen, owner of The Hotel Crittenden, said they received a noise warning from the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, and asked council to consider adopting a noise ordinance that would take the place of that part of the Liquor Code.
The penalty would be up to the judge with a fine not exceeding $300.
No one spoke against the new noise ordinance. The council voted to adopt the noise ordinance. The matter will now go to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for approval or non approval.
A separate public hearing was held to determine whether or not the borough will allow Sheetz to sell beer and wine at the new location on Peet Street. Sheetz petitioned the council to authorize it to apply for a transfer of a liquor license from another location in the county. Mark Kozar, attorney at Flaherty and O’Hara in Pittsburgh, who practices in liquor law and liquor licensing, was at the meeting on behalf of Sheetz to ask the council to pass a resolution to allow the liquor license transfer.
Kozar said the new Sheetz will have enough food and seating for 30 people, which qualifies the establishment for a liquor license.
Sheetz has a 100% carding policy, meaning everyone attempting to purchase alcohol gets carded, Kozar said. The license is scanned and will alert the cashier if the license is fake, expired or if the buyer is under 21. In all of those instances, the cash register would automatically lock up and would not allow the sale to proceed. If one person in a group of people is purchasing alcohol, every person in the group will be carded. If anyone is under age, the sale will be denied.
No one spoke against the transfer. The council voted to allow Sheetz to continue with the application for the liquor license transfer.