Residents to propose liquor store

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Herman Venzke already has two preferred wine lists from residents hoping he will open a new liquor store in Hayden.

Venzke wants to open the store in vacant space at the front of the A-1 Auto shop on Jefferson Avenue. He manages the shop, and his wife, Nancy Venzke, is the owner.

The Hayden Town Board on Thursday will discuss the Venzkes' request for a liquor license. The meeting is a public hearing for the issue.

The Venzkes want to convert the front office of A-1 Auto and two empty bays into A-1 Liquor. It would be the second liquor store in Hayden, in addition to Mount Harris Liquors on Walnut Street.

"People have suggested it for several years already because we need another liquor store and, with the size of our building, we have wasted space," Herman Venzke said.

At the request of residents, the Venzkes plan to offer a "good" wine collection as well as the typical array of beer and liquor.

Herman Venzke has gotten more than 140 signatures of residents who support a new liquor store in Hayden. Only a couple of people declined to sign the petition or signed in opposition, he said.

The Town Board has received two letters from residents who do not think Hayden needs another liquor store, Town Manager Russ Martin said.

Also Thursday, the board will consider a resolution supporting referendums C and D, November ballot measures designed to help relieve the state's budget woes.

Referendum C would relax government spending limits in the Taxpayers Bill of Rights for five years by allowing the state to keep $3.7 billion that otherwise would be returned to taxpayers.

Referendum D would allow a portion of those funds to be used as backup for as much as $2.1 billion in bonds for road and school projects and pension payments for firefighters and police officers.

Supporters Ben Beall, Bill Haight and Sen. Jack Taylor are requesting the resolution.

In other business, the board will consider a request from landowners near the Hayden water treatment plant. They want to give land to the town in exchange for a waiver on water and sewer tap fees for a new home they are building.

The town would use the land for future expansion of the treatment plant.

A resolution supporting medical marijuana use is not on Thursday's agenda. The board decided to wait to vote on the issue because town officials have not received any public feedback, Martin said.

The Town Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Hayden Town Hall.

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