CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) – Voters in Bradford Township approved the sale of liquor licenses in a ballot referendum Tuesday.
Representatives from Nittany Oil gathered signatures in March from residents in order to get the question added to the ballot for the Pennsylvania Primary Election, allowing the sale of liquor. Bradford Township is currently a dry town.
“The residents were the ones that decided whether they wanted Bradford Township to stay wet or stay dry,” Supervisor Karen Fulmer said. “The supervisors really didn’t have a stance in it. It was up to the residents to decide.”
In order to get the question on the ballot, 375 signatures were needed from registered Bradford Township voters by March 15. People were able to sign the petition at the Bigler Nittany Minit Mart.
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Of the 866 total votes cast in the township on Tuesday, 474 voted to allow alcohol sales while 392 were against it.
“We’re hoping it’s a good thing,” Fulmer said. “I mean, alcohol is already in the township whether they go to Clearfield or Philipsburg or wherever to get it.”
Local restaurant and gas station, Gio’s, is also looking into adding a liquor license now that the referendum has passed.
“I think it’s gonna be a great edition for football traffic and the traffic that we get that comes through here on Penn State weekends and everything,” owner Dan Royer said.
Nittany Oil Facilities Manager Emerson Reams said even though this referendum was granted it does not mean a bar is coming to Bradford Township.
“I wanna stress to them that we’re not looking to put a bar in,” Reams said. “It’s, you know, like a six-pack shop where you have one container when you sit down and eat. Other than that we’re not out to open a bar.”
Supervisors say that if any other businesses want to have liquor at their store they will need to get it approved by the supervisors first.