Hudson sets vote on alcohol sales

Aug. 13, 2014 @ 09:41 AM

Hudson residents will be able to vote on whether they want alcohol sold in their town.

The Hudson Board of Commissioners unanimously approved asking on the Nov. 3 ballot about three types of alcohol sales: whether to allow malt beverages to be sold for on-premises consumption at hotels, motels, restaurants and other venues that apply for permits; whether to allow the sale of unfortified wine at hotels, motels and restaurants; and whether to allow the sale of mixed liquor drinks at hotels, motels, restaurants, clubs and community theatres.

Unlike in July’s meeting, the option of allowing an ABC store to open and sell liquor within the town limits was not discussed.

Commissioner Tony Colvard argued vocally in July in favor of setting the referendum. Other commissioners expressed reluctance because they weren’t sure what specifically would be on the ballot. They did not say Tuesday night what was different about this proposal.

Several people who spoke to the board before the commissioners voted opposed having a vote on alcohol sales. 

Robert Setzer, pastor of First Baptist Church of Hudson, said, “I don’t think we need this. It’s not going to save the town financially.”

Marlene Muko said there already are enough places nearby to get alcohol without bringing it to Hudson.

“If someone wants alcohol that bad, it’s close by,” Muko said. “It’s a nice, quiet town, and I’d like to keep it that way.”