HOPEWELL BOROUGH: Alcohol measure hearing to continue July 1

Hopewell Railroad Station is focus

By John Tredrea, Special Writer
   Hopewell Borough Council decided June 6 to continue, at its July 1 meeting, the public hearing on a proposed ordinance, introduced May 6, that would permit renters of the Hopewell Railroad Station to serve alcohol at their private events.
   Fee-based events are subject to the requirements of a social affairs permit issued by the State Division of Alcohol and Beverage Control.
   The facilities-use amendment is limited to the railroad station property only and would require private users to provide a certificate of liability insurance certificate as well as a rider for host liquor liability coverage.
   The railroad station is owned by the borough.
   The balance of the borough code relating to prohibited activities on borough properties would remain unchanged.
   Among the many other prohibited activities under the proposed measure are leaving trash or garbage on borough-owned premises, operating vehicles anywhere in Hopewell Park except for paved areas, horseback riding and overnight camping.
   Also unchanged from existing law is the requirement for any individual or organization wishing to host a private event at a borough property to first obtain a permit from the borough clerk and to pay the corresponding rental fee.
   Under state law, council must hold a public hearing prior to an adoption vote on the proposed ordinance.
   Copies of the proposed ordinance and applications for facility rentals are available at Borough Hall, 88 E. Broad St.
   For more information, call borough offices at 609-466-2636.