Officials have approved a resolution that sets the guidelines for such a hearing.
By LAURA MILOSER
NESHANNOCK, Pa. -- An additional step is needed for anyone applying for a liquor license in the township.
The township has reached its limit on the number of liquor licenses allowed.
Molly McGowan, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, said any wet municipality is allowed one license per 3,000 residents. Neshannock's population is 9,216, which allows three liquor licenses.
McGowan said if an establishment without a license in the township would like to purchase one, it must go through a public hearing.
Setting fees, guidelines
Township supervisors passed a resolution to set the fees and guidelines for conducting a public hearing on a liquor license application at a meeting earlier this week.
McGowan said under the new state law, the only way supervisors could object to a license being granted is if the health, welfare, peace and morals of a community would be in jeopardy.
She said the liquor control board has the final decision to grant or deny a license.
Chuck Tanner's Restaurant, The Crane Room Bar and Grill and Tuscany Square Ristorante own the liquor licenses in the township. The New Castle Country Club and Castle Hills Golf Course fall under a different liquor license category.
McGowan said all Pennsylvania counties are over the quota of liquor licenses. It is unlikely the LCB will grant any additional licenses, but they may be transferred between municipalities in each county, she added.