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Mechanicsburg’s Rutter’s Farm Store is a step closer to initiating beer and wine sales in the not-too-distant future.

Mechanicsburg Borough Council unanimously approved a resolution on Tuesday night supporting Rutter’s application for the transfer of a state liquor license previously located in Shippensburg to a Rutter’s located at 714 W. Main St. The applicant is 1747 Beer & Wine LLC, a subsidiary of Rutter’s Holding Inc. Intra-county transfers of liquor licenses are permitted under the state’s liquor code, according to Rutter’s attorney L.C. Heim.

Prior to the council’s vote, the borough conducted a brief public hearing regarding the liquor license transfer, a process required by the state Liquor Control Board. No one from the public commented during the hearing, and the borough didn’t receive any written objections from the public, borough solicitor Lisa Coyne said. Also, borough Police Chief Margaret Myers told Rutter’s representatives that she also had no questions about the proposal.

If finalized, the Mechanicsburg store will be the first in Cumberland County to offer beer and wine sales, Rutter’s representatives told borough officials. According to the company’s website, Rutter’s opened its 18th “Beer Cave” in central Pennsylvania on Tuesday at the Leaders Heights store in York County. Like the Mechanicsburg store, the Leader Heights location plans to add an in-store wine rack in the future.

The borough council’s resolution supporting Rutter’s application is only “one of the multiple steps” Rutter’s must undertake before a liquor license would be granted by the state Liquor Control Board, Coyne said. Heim told borough officials that the overall process usually takes four to six months.

The 6,280-square-foot Mechanicsburg location opened in December 2013 with 10 fueling spaces and is Rutter’s 59th store. The liquor license application complies with current borough zoning in the area.

Other action

In other news, council president Rodney Whitcomb presented resolutions honoring former Shade Tree Commission members for their years of service. Honorees included Rae Dennis and U.S. Army Air Force veteran Darwin S. Hollinger, who died on Oct. 24, 2017.

Also, council members approved special event applications for the rear of 120 S. Market St. The Fairy Festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 8-9. The Pennsylvania Tea Festival is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28-29.

Finally, Scott Cavada, representing the Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School and American Legion teams, was granted permission by the borough council to install a batting cage at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park.


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