Millenium Pizza, a business along Baltimore Street in Dillsburg, features a “BYOB” message to patrons. Dillsburg’s status as a “dry” community was lifted Tuesday following a referendum vote.The captivating smell of freshly baked breads and pizza crusts emanated from Dillsburg sMillenium Pizza Wednesday morning. A worn Bring Your Own Beer or Wine message was stripped across the front door.
Inside, Nick Melfa, the self-proclaimed pizza guy, groaned about the older generation s recent assertions that the borough of Dillsburg should remain a dry community and preserve its history as a small town with morality.
The recently heated debate was settled during Tuesday s primary election with a referendum vote that successfully lifted Dillsburg s dry status by a vote of And many across the town like Melfa admittedly don t see the big deal.
I don t see why not, he said. A lot of people are thinking about the moral side and not the financial side.
Alcohol sales in the borough could undoubtedly attract new business in Dillsburg — which has experienced a development boom within the last decade — but not as much as many are concerned. The area won t be inundated with bars.
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board normally allows one liquor license for every 3,p90x,000 residents in an area. Dillsburg, which has a population of about 2,500, .
LCB spokeswoman Stacy Kriedeman said that because York County is over that quota in terms of the number of liquor licenses it has,p90x dvd, a new liquor license will not be created. Instead, if an establishment hopes to settle into Dillsburg, it would have to purchase an already existing license and apply for a transfer.
Because of already-in-place zoning, the one liquor license in the borough won t be allocated to an establishment on Baltimore Street, the main drag, according to council member John Richardson. The license will likely be obtained by a business near Route 15 or parts of Second Street.
But the idea of a liquor license in the area still concerns some residents who hope to protect its character and its small-town feel.
Marlene McDade, a resident of the borough, voted a hard no in Tuesday s referendum and said she s seen too many little towns destroyed by alcohol.
She fears that an increase in alcohol sales in the area will bring in undesirable patrons who will wreak havoc on the sleepy town.
But many of Dillsburg s other residents are excited at the prospect of a chain restaurant — think Olive Garden or Red Lobster — now having the ability to set up shop in the borough limits due to the lifting of the dry status.
Richardson said there hasn t been an inquiry from a chain to settle in town for the last three to six months, but that doesn t mean they won t take another look at the area now that it s officially wet. As for predictions on where the one liquor license will go, he said it s all up in the air.
We put it out there for the public to decide whether they wanted it or not, he said. They said that it s time for a change and now it s just a matter of seeing what happens.
Al Kauffman, the owner of MANEtenance Barber and Styling on Baltimore Street in Dillsburg, said he lives outside borough limits and wasn t able to vote in the referendum but is satisfied with the outcome.
It s not about the alcohol anymore, Kauffman said. It s about giving the opportunity for business to come in. I think Dillsburg needs that.
Dillsburg was one of two York County towns that voted Tuesday to shed its “dry” status. Dallastown residents voted 212 to 163 to approve liquor sales in a referendum vote in that town.
Here’s a list of the municipalities in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, Perry and York counties that remain “dry,” according to 2011 data from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Next to each municipality s name is the years in which it became dry for retail liquor and retail beer sales. The data, provided by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, was last updated in July 2011.
Borough of Cross Roads, liquor 1934; beer 1935
Borough of Dover, liquor 1934; beer 1935
Borough of East Prospect, liquor 1934; beer 1937
Borough of Fawn Grove, liquor 1934; beer 1935
Borough of Felton, liquor 1934; beer 1935
Borough of Franklintown, liquor 1934; beer 1943
Borough of Hallam, beer 1935
Borough of Jacobus, liquor 1934; beer 1935
Borough of Lewisberry, liquor 1934; beer 1937
Borough of Loganville, liquor 1934; beer 1937
Borough of Manchester, liquor 1934; beer 1939
Borough of Railroad, beer 1935
Borough of Red Lion, beer 1935
Borough of Shrewsbury, liquor 1934; beer 1935
Borough of Stewartstown, beer 1934
Borough of Wellsville, liquor 1934; beer 1935
Borough of Windsor, liquor 1934; beer 1939
Borough of Winterstown, liquor 1934; beer 1935
Borough of Yoe, liquor 1934; beer 1935
Borough of Yorkana, liquor, 1935; beer 1935
Carroll Twp., beer 1935
Chanceford Twp., liquor 1934; beer 1935
Conewago Twp., liquor 1943; beer 1943
Dover Twp., beer 1935
East Hopewell Twp., liquor 1934; beer 1935
East Manchester Twp., beer 1935
Fawn Twp., liquor 1935; beer 1935
Franklin Twp., liquor 1934; beer 1935
Hopewell Twp., beer 1935
Lower Chanceford Twp., liquor 1934; beer 1935
Lower Windsor Twp., liquor 1935; beer 1935
Manheim Twp., liquor 1934, beer 1965
Monaghan Twp., liquor 1961, beer 1961
North Hopewell Twp.,p90x workout schedule, liquor 1934, beer 1935
Peach Bottom Twp., beer 1935
Shrewsbury Twp., beer 1935
Springfield Twp., liquor 1935; beer 1935
Washington Twp., liquor 1935; beer 1935
West Manchester Twp., beer 1935
West Manheim Twp., beer 1935
Windsor Twp., liquor 1934; beer 1935
York Twp., beer 1935
Camp Hill Borough, liquor 1937; beer 1937
Lemoyne Borough, beer 1937
Newburg Borough, liquor 1936; beer 1936
Newville Borough, liquor 1939; beer 1939
Shiremanstown Borough,p90x workout dvd, liquor 1939; beer 1934
Dickinson Twp., liquor 1947; beer 1947
Lower Mifflin Twp., liquor 1939; beer 1939
North Newton, liquor 1934; beer 1935
South Newton Twp., liquor 1934; beer 1935
Southhampton Twp., liquor 1934; beer 1935
Upper Allen Twp., liquor 1934; beer 1939
Upper Frankford Twp., liquor 1934; beer 1935
Upper Mifflin Twp., liquor 1963; beer 1963
West Pennsboro Twp., liquor 1939; beer 1939
Berrysburg Borough, liquor 1936; beer 1936
Penbrook Borough, liquor 1934; beer 1934
Conewago Twp., liquor 1985; beer 1985
Blain Borough, liquor 1939; beer 1939
New Bloomfield, liquor 1939; beer 1939
Landisburg, liquor 1939; beer 1939
Jackson Twp., liquor 1961; beer 1961
North East Madison Twp.; liquor 1939; beer 1961
Rye Twp., liquor 1971; beer 1971
Saville Twp., liquor 1947, beer 1947
Toboyne Twp., liquor 1961; beer 1961
Tuscarora Twp., liquor 1939; beer 1935
Tyrone Twp., liquor 1935; beer 1941
Wheatfield Twp., liquor 1939; beer 1939
Cleona Borough, liquor 1945; beer 1945
East Hanover Twp., beer 1939
North Annville Twp., liquor 1935; beer 1935
North Londonderry Twp., beer 1939
South Annville Twp.,p90x workout, liquor 1935; beer 1935