Beer and wine sales at Mechanicsburg’s Rutter’s Farm Store could become a reality in the new year.

On Tuesday night, Mechanicsburg Borough Council agreed to schedule a public hearing at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 for the transfer of a state liquor license for a Rutter’s located at 714 W. Main St. The application was submitted by 1747 Beer & Wine LLC, a subsidiary of Rutter’s Holding Inc.

The public hearing will be conducted during the borough council’s regularly scheduled meeting at the municipal building, 36 W. Allen St. Public advertisement of the hearing and the cost of a court stenographer will be covered by the applicant, borough solicitor Lisa Coyne said.

Rutter’s has opened its self-labled “Beer Caves” and wine racks in more than a dozen locations throughout central Pennsylvania since the passage of Act 39 liquor law reforms in 2016 that eased state restrictions on alcohol sales, according to a news article posted on the York-based retailer’s website. The 6,280-square-foot Mechanicsburg location opened in December 2013 with 10 fueling spaces. It is Rutter’s 59th store.

Personnel action

In other news, incumbent Jack Ritter was sworn in for a new term as mayor, while incumbents Scott Pellman, Gary Weber, Jack Winchell and Rodney Whitcomb were sworn in for new terms on the borough council. Whitcomb was reappointed as council president, joined by Winchell’s reappointment as council vice president. Council committee members will be appointed at the board’s Jan. 16 meeting.

Also on Tuesday, Diane Hollinger, Carl Hursh and Cece Viti were recognized by borough officials for their service on the borough’s recycling committee since its inception in 2003 through December 2017. The committee recently was dissolved because much of its work was being duplicated by the borough’s environmental advisory council, assistant borough manager and recycling coordinator Glenda Boyer said.

Also, borough council approved a resolution honoring Randi Conley for serving the Mechanicsburg Police Department and borough for 31 years. Conley worked as the department’s confidential police secretary, Chief Mindy Myers said. Council members also approved a resolution on Tuesday that honors Rae Dennis, who served eight years, or the equivalent of 1½ terms, on the borough’s shade tree commission.

Finally, council members and Borough Manager Roger Ciercierski discussed options of how the borough will proceed after the resignation of longtime borough fire chief Larry Seagrist on Dec. 31. For now, Seagrist’s position remains vacant as officials consider how to best create a job description for the post.

Whitcomb said he wasn’t in favor of advertising the position on a wide scale. “I want to keep it local so he can be here to run the fire department,” he said.

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