After discussion and a public hearing within the last few months on a BYOB (bring your own bottle) policy in Northborough, the Board of Selectmen voted 4-1 to put one in place.
In an effort to be proactive, months ago the board began discussing the issue on whether to adopt a policy, leave it "as is," or ban BYOB in town altogether before any businesses should ask.
The approved policy requires that establishments limit the amount of alcohol that is carried in, that BYOB would only be allowed at restaurants with a waitstaff, that the waitstaff be TIP certified and the establishment must undero go a due diligence manager background check conducted by the police department. A copy of the policy is on file at the Town Clerk's office.
Town Administrator John Coderre said his office had received no feedback on the issue before it came up for a vote on Monday night.
Selectman Jeff Amberson was among the four in favor of the policy, stating, "I haven't heard any negative viewpoints from the public, or from the chief."
Police Chief Leahy said that there has been no problems relating to BYOB in the communty, and he had consulted with Westborough Police Chief Gordon on his experience.
"They have more experience," said Leahy. "They are down to one BYOB establishment, and they have never had an issue with BYOB down there. I'm fine with it."
Selectman Dawn Rand, who was the only member who voted against it, has expressed opposition in past meetings that suggested that allowing BYOB would hurt that businesses that have liquor licenses already.
"I think it's good we have a policy in place and that's important," said Board Chairman Bill Pantazis.