FOXBORO - With the recent failure of a state bill allowing each town and city to decide for itself how many liquor licenses to create and issue, Foxboro voters in November may be asked to seek special legislation to allow the additional licenses needed at Patriot Place and at current and future restaurants elsewhere in town.
How many new liquor licenses to request and other basic questions remain unanswered, selectmen acknowledged this week in their discussion of warrant articles for the Nov. 17 special town meeting.
Selectman James DeVellis said overloading the warrant might detract from the focus on gaining approval for the design and bid requests for the Town Hall project.
"The process is maddening to me right now," DeVellis said.
Town officials need time to study the issue and make recommendations before asking voters seek special legislation for more alcohol licenses in town, he said.
Told by Town Manager Bill Keegan that articles can be removed from the warrant list, the board voted 4-1 Tuesday to close the warrant with 11 articles, including the possible move to petition the Legislature for more liquor licenses. DeVellis voted no.
In addition to liquor licenses, the tentative list includes articles to fund the design and related preliminary costs for a new Town Hall, funding a new police officer salary and approving a new sign bylaw.
Selectman John Gray said he's comfortable keeping all 11, as long as its certain that some can be dropped.
Chairwoman Lorraine Brue noted that at least two downtown restaurants, Mandarin Chef on Mechanic Street and Asian Ginger on Central Street, have expressed an interest in a full liquor license. They currently have beer and wine licenses.