Hales Corners — The village's limit on the number of Class A liquor and beer licenses — those needed for alcohol sales for off-site consumption — will stand.
Hales Corners offers only three liquor and four beer licenses. It's the only community in the metro Milwaukee area to have a limit on how many licenses it will grant.
The Committee of the Whole, made of the membership as the Village Board, considered repealing the limit and opening the door to allowing more establishments to sell liquor and/or beer. But Monday, the Village Board declined to make any changes.
A repeal would not have affected alcohol sales at bars and restaurants.
Only quota around
A 2010 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article showed Hales Corners had the fourth highest number of liquor licenses per capita.
Trustee Mary Bennett pointed out during committee discussion last week that if the village added one more liquor license, it would have more per capita than any other community in the Milwaukee area.
Trustee Dan Besson added that the repeal may mean more than one extra license in the village, saying, "That's a big step for me."
Arguing for the repeal was Tim Klein, co-owner of Jetz gas station. He said a customer of his and Facebook friend posted that the nearby Kwik Trip gas station in Franklin had beer, going so far as to post pictures of the displays. He added that his friend generated a "lot of chatter" and that Hales Corners is "underserved" in its alcohol availability.
Police Chief Eric Cera prepared a written statement condemning any repeal of the limit. In the statement, he cited five academic sources linking alcohol consumption with violence and crime. While admitting he couldn't find a study that directly related to Hales Corners' unique demographic, he emphasized that a growth in alcohol availability may lead to an increase in crime.
However, that argument may not have swayed everyone.
Trustee Joseph Mesec said, "I just feel that selling beer at the hours that we sell is not really the thing that increases alcohol-related crimes."
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