Posted at: 02/20/2013 6:48 AM
By: Messenger Post Newspapers
The Penfield Town Board will vote on two new business proposals, including one to build a new Jeremiah's Tavern, on Wednesday, February 20.
This proposal was met with some resistance at a public hearing in January due to its proximity to a child care facility.
New York State law prohibits alcohol from being sold within 200 feet of a school or place of worship. But because Doodlebugs doesn't fit the state's definition of a "school," the tavern is not in violation of the law, explained Penfield Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain.
The Jeremiah's proposal includes an outdoor seating area, which raised concerns about children being exposed to things like foul language and cigarette smoke.
“I think certainly you can probably go anywhere and hear foul language. It doesn't seem to make any difference where you are,” LaFountain said. “That's a concern for all of us, speaking as a parent and grandparent.”
The proposal indicates that any smoking outdoors would be near the side entrance facing away from the daycare.
Both Doodlebugs and Jeremiah’s would share parking. LaFountain said extra parking may be added to accommodate heavy traffic flow, if necessary.
On Wednesday, the board will first vote on the application for Yotini Frozen Yogurt Bar at 2105 Five Mile Line Road, near Four Corners.
The meeting will be held at Penfield Town hall at 7:30 p.m. It is open to the public, and will be available via online streaming at www.penfieldtv.org.