2018-01-03 / Front Page

New liquor license tops Bath agenda

Council also taking up street changes, city manager hiring
Times Record Staff


The Bath City Council will kick off the new year with a flurry of activity today, from possibly appointing a permanent city manager to approving a new liquor license to Bath Brewing Co.

The council meets at 6 p.m. in council chambers at Bath City Hall.

First up on the agenda is a public hearing on the approval of a liquor license for Bath Brewing Co., located at 141 Front St. The company is close to opening. Around Christmas they began hiring staff, and the owners have posted on social media that they expect to open their doors in early- to mid-January. On their application, they list the starting date as Jan. 18. The application is to serve malts, wines and spirits.

The council will also consider second passage of two minor traffic alterations. The first change adds Richardson Street and Western Avenue to the list of streets in Bath where commercial vehicles with more than two axles are banned. Residents of the neighborhood have come before the council numerous times to complain of increased traffic from commercial vehicles seeking a shortcut.

The second change would be to ban parking on the south side of Pearl Street from Willow Street to Washington Street. City staff determined that the road there was too narrow, so if there were vehicles parked on either side of the street, vehicles could not pass between them. There was concern that parked cars could block larger emergency vehicles from using the road.

Interim City Manager Peter Owen is proposing to the council that his position be made permanent with a two-year contract. The council will discuss the appointment, as well as whether to grant Owen an exception to live outside of the city limits, in Brunswick. Council Chairwoman Mari Eosco said that the topic had been discussed previously during executive sessions.

Also before the council is a land use change at the behest of Maine Maritime Museum. The change concerns two residential lots in the middle of the MMM campus. The museum wants to change their designation for museum use. The changes are key to a renovation of the parking lots at MMM, and is recommended by the planning board.

The council will consider second passage of the fire captains’ and firefighters’ respective contracts with the city.

The remainder of the meeting will be the assignment of councilors to various committees, boards and commissions, as well as the discussion of the council’s 2018 goals.


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