Vote November 8
“YES TO ALL FIVE” AND HELP NEW CONCORD THRIVE!
Support economic development in New Concord and encourage
additional local restaurant options.
Vote YES TO ALL FIVE – Ballot questions #18, 19, 20, 21 & 22.
Why do the ballot questions look confusing?
Ballot language is pre-determined by the Ohio Division of Liquor Control. The Village is not allowed to make changes. We are asking for YES to all five questions and help New Concord thrive.
# 18 & 19: YES votes permit Sunday sales including our current retailers.
# 20 & 21: YES votes permit sales for on-premises consumption of wine,
mixed drinks and liquor
# 22: YES votes permit sales of beer for on-premises consumption.
Who is sponsoring this?
New Concord elected officials
What is the objective?
On-premises alcohol consumption within village limits
Who currently sells alcohol?
Grocery and convenience stores. Current permits are carry-out only (off-premises consumption)
Where would this take place?
New Concord Main Street and SR 83 South (business districts B1, B2 and B3.)
When do we vote?
November 8 General Election
Why are you doing this?
- Support current businesses and attract new investments
- Reduce start-up financial burden for small business
- Encourage additional local dinner options within village limits
- Further develop our SR 83 economic corridor
- Support our stakeholders Muskingum University and East Muskingum School District
- Create more community gathering spaces
How soon might permits be available?
Permits are issued by the Division of Liquor Control no less than 15 days from filing and up to ten to twelve weeks.
Are there location restrictions such as church, schools, etc?
If an existing or proposed permit premises is within 500 feet of a public institution (church, school, library, public playgrounds, parks) the institution has thirty days after notification by the Division of Liquor Control to file an objection and request a hearing.
How many liquor permits will be available?
Two (2). Permit quotas are based on population and determined by the Division of Liquor Control. However, there is a state transfer program called TREX which makes additional permits available under certain circumstances and the up-front written support of local government.
Can alcohol be sold at local events?
Yes. This requires a Temporary Permit and must be in a permitted zone.
Will those who currently have a permit lose the ability to sell if this does not pass?
No they will not. They are covered under a different permit.
What about a disreputable establishment?
The Village has strong protective tools that will be used:
- Liquor permits must be renewed with the state every February. The Village has the right to object to a permit renewal no later than thirty days prior to renewal.
- There is a legal process to declare a premise a nuisance property, which may result in closure and/or denial of permit renewal.
- We have planning and zoning code processes that require approval prior to construction.
- Our business district is under Architectural District (historic Main Street) or SR83 Corridor design guidelines.
- We have 24-hour police coverage.
What are the steps to obtain a permit to sell liquor?
The Ohio Division of Liquor Control controls the manufacture, distribution, licensing, regulation and merchandising of all forms of alcohol for the state. This includes all applications for permits. The local jurisdiction is always notified when an application has been filed.
ON NOV. 8
VOTE YES TO ALL FIVE AND HELP NEW CONCORD THRIVE!
Here is a link to a draft ballot so you can see the questions in advance. You are permitted to bring both these documents with you when you vote.