I have been following articles about Wellsville's council and the Riverside Roadhouse attempt to expand their liquor license. The first article mentioned a fear of attracting the wrong type of people or some undesirable people opening an undesirable business. The first question that entered my mind was what does the mayor and council consider undesirable and what is the wrong type of people? Are the council and mayor considering rules for who moves to Wellsville? Are the rules for all people who move to town or just those who want to start a business? Who will be in charge of this program (special committee, mayor, selected official)? Will a test and background search be conducted? Is there a list of undesirable businesses? Who made the list and did the council vote on the list?
I would like the mayor to describe a "beer joint" for me. I operated a bar in Wellsville until the mills closed (1983) and I decided that the time I was putting in was too much, as I was also working another job. I believe my customers were some of the nicest people I have met. I met my wife there. In fact, police officers, school teachers, millworkers, farmers and all other walks of life came in as customers. These people were like an extended family, helping each other with problems and caring for each other. There were problems like any family, but not anything major. Is a beer joint a place of contempt because of who go there or by who owns/operates it? I know that times change and some bars can attract people who are not out for a good time but to cause trouble. After an establishment has proven to be a trouble spot then action can be taken. Not wanting to curse the police department, but it's one of the best around and has shown that they can close a trouble bar. They have in the past. Lastly, the mayor and council should give the Riverside Roadhouse all the help they can to get the expanded license. It will help them compete with the other restaurants in the area, level the playing field so to speak.
I think the citizens of Wellsville should look into where this is going, as the mayor and council may decide to deport "undesirable" people. It would be best if the Bill of Rights and other amendments were followed. They may already have plans for re-education camps.
For those of you who think I'm an outsider, I was born and raised in Wellsville and educated and worked there for 35 years. It's still my home and I still think of myself as a tiger.
As an afterthought, is there a conflict of interest for a council person to vote on issues that might affect their own business?