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Liquor Sales May No Longer Be a Thing of the Past in Union Township

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UNION TOWNSHIP, UNION COUNTY(WBRE/WYOU-TV) – We’re just a couple weeks away from the primary election, and one question on the ballot in Union County is causing some controversy.

The question could cause major changes to take place in Union Township that haven’t been made in nearly 90 years.

If you’re looking to grab a drink, Union Township is not the place to be.

But for the Union Township Volunteer Fire Company, members say it’s time to step into the 21st century.

“We’re just looking for a one day event a year at this point in time there’s no plans for a social club or a bar room at our social hall,” said Treasurer with the Fire Company, Greg Wagner.

Greg Wagner, treasurer of the fire company tells Eyewitness News the idea came to him and others at the department two years ago, when they were looking to hold a wine and cheese festival.

In order to do that..they needed to obtain a special occasions permit.

“We’re hearing that there’s people making 15 to 20 thousand dollars in a day at these wine and cheese festivals. The chicken barbeque we just did over the weekend we probably only made eight or nine hundred dollars on it. And eight or nine hundred dollars doesn’t go very far any longer,” said Wagner.

In previous years, firefighters had to put on a carnival to raise money..but had to shut that down as well due to not making enough money.

Now, the question on the ballot will ask voters if they would like a liquor license in Union Township.

“I think it’s a good thing. Definitely bring in some more business some stuff. It’s a good thing for the fire company it gives them more money I guess to help them provide for their equipment and what not,” said Dustin Bickhart.

Others aren’t sold on the idea..

“I don’t agree with it,” said Mary Beaver.

“I don’t agree with it either,” said Carolyn Zarr.

Mary Beaver has lived in Union Township for nearly 25 years.

She tells Eyewitness News alcohol in the area could end up in disaster.

“Maybe more accidents or something from drunk driving,” said Beaver.

Some say they will be fine with either option.

“I don’t drink so it doesn’t matter to me what happens,” said Jeanette Vought.

“At this point in time we’re hopeful that this will pass,” said Wagner.

People will be able to vote yes or no on whether there should be alcohol sales in Union Township, during the primary election on May 21st.


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