Bennington Township has local liquor option on ballot

By Alberta Stojkovic - The Sentinel

Next Tuesday, all Bennington Township voters will have the opportunity to decide on a “Local liquor option for community facility Bennington Township Revitalization District.”

The ballot asks “shall the sale of beer and intoxicating liquor be permitted on days of the week other than Sunday and between the hours of 11 a.m. and midnight on Sunday at the Bennington Township Revitalization District, a community facility as defined by section 4301.01 of the Revised Code, and located at the St. R. 61/I-71 Corridor …..”

The committee to pass the issue points out that the liquor sales would not be permitted in the township other than a small area ½ square mile at the intersection of State Route 61 and I-71. Allowing the sale of beer and liquor in this area would have the potential to bring in restaurants such as Olive Garden and hotels.

At present parents and families at the Cardinal Center Shoots are leaving the county for restaurants and hotels in Delaware and Richland counties. Bennington Township trustees hope that having a revitalization district and allowing liquor sales would keep visitors in the county and keep more dollars spent here.

Other townships and villages requesting levy and issue approval for beer, wine or liquor sales are: Bennington Township East and West- Local Option for Wine and Mixed Beverages, Marengo Duchess, Bennington Township East and West- Local Option, Sunday Sales, Marengo Duchess, Congress Township West-Local Option Beer, Wine & Mixed Beverages, Philomena’s Pizzeria, Congress Township West Local Option Sunday Sales, Philomena’s Pizzeria, Franklin Township- Local Option Beer, Wine and Mixed Beverages, Shell, Franklin Township-Local Option Sunday Sales, Shell (I-71.)

Townships with issues for current expenses are: Chesterville, Edison, Sparta Village. Perry Township is for cemeteries. South Bloomfield Township and Washington Township levies are for fire protection.

By Alberta Stojkovic

The Sentinel