In a split vote Thursday, the Harrietstown Town Board passed a resolution in favor of crafting a policy that would allow alcoholic beverages to be served during events in the town hall.
The details still need to be ironed out, but Councilman Ron Keough says this means beer and wine will flow at the Mayor's Cup dance in August.
The village asked the town in March if it could serve beer and wine during their soiree, a question that has since divided the town board.
During Thursday's regular board meeting, Councilmen Bob Bevilacqua, Jim Murnane and Ron Keough voted in favor of adopting a policy that would permit alcohol in the town-owned building.
Keough presented a draft of what the town's new policy might look like, including provisions such as a deposit that would cover the village for damage and cleanup costs.
Supervisor Larry Miller and Deputy Supervisor Barry DeFuria voted against the measure, arguing that it would be a hassle for the town to police and could expose it to legal risk.
Keough says the alcohol use policy would allow beer and wine to be served, but not hard liquor.
During the meeting he also verified that the town's insurance policy does cover it for alcohol related accidents on its property. He's also working to codify the village's policy on open flames in the kitchen, the building's seating capacity, and other rules that the entire board agreed needed to be nailed down.
Council members said they would likely vote on a final alcohol policy at the next town board meeting.