Sand Creek approves beer and wine sales in April 7 referendum

By LeAnn R. Ralph

TOWN OF SAND CREEK  —  Voters in the Town of Sand Creek approved two separate licenses for the sale of beer and wine in a referendum election held April 7.

The Town of Sand Creek was completely dry prior to the election.

The first question on the ballot was, “Shall Class ‘B’ licenses (taverns, hotels, restaurants, clubs, societies, lodges, fair associations, etc.) be issued for the retail sales of beer for consumption on or off the premises where sold?”

Question No. 1 was approved with 68 “yes” votes and 63 “no” votes.

The second question on the ballot was, “Shall Class ‘C’ licenses be issued for the retail sale of wine for consumption on the premises where sold?”

Question No. 2 was approved with 69 “yes” votes and 63 “no” votes.

Sand Creek will be celebrating its sesquicentennial this summer from July 16 through July 19.

According to the “Sand Creek 150th Celebration” Facebook page, the Class “B” license was needed in order to sell beer at a special event, such as the sesquicentennial celebration.

Under state law, a “Class C” license allows wine to be sold by the glass in restaurants.

Under state law, a Class “B” license also allows for temporary licenses to sell beer commonly known as “picnic licenses.”

The state of Wisconsin allows for Class “A” licenses as well for the sale of fermented malt beverages to be consumed off premises and retail “Class A” licenses for the sale of intoxicating liquor to be consumed off premises (beer and liquor stores).

In addition, Wisconsin allows for retail “Class B” licenses authorizing the sale of intoxicating liquor for consumption on the premises where sold by the glass (commonly thought of as a tavern license).

The referendum election in Sand Creek did not include a question to allow beer and liquor stores and did not include a question authorizing taverns in the township.