Hadley board OKs reduction in license fees

Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

HADLEY — Fees for businesses to renew various annual licenses in Hadley are being cut, but it will be up to owners and managers to request the reduction.

The Select Board this week voted 4-1, with member John Waskiewicz II voting against, to support a revised schedule of license fees presented by Licensing Coordinator Jennifer Sanders James.

Board member Joyce Chunglo said the reduction was a good idea, though she also supported the idea that businesses will have to make a formal appeal to get the lower charge.

Hadley typically collects around $60,000 through those fees.

Licenses affected range from the common victualer license that restaurants need, being cut from $3,500 to $2,625, and all-alcohol licenses for package stores dropping from $3,000 to $2,250, to seasonal flea market licenses moving from $400 to $300 and automatic amusement device licenses going from $100 to $75.

James said notices of the need to renew these licenses will be going out Nov. 1.

Based on state law, the liquor licenses must be signed and paid by Nov. 30

Board member Jane Nevinsmith said she would like to see a conversation with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission about possibly extending that deadline to give further relief to businesses that have not been allowed to open during the pandemic, such as the Young Men’s Club and the American Legion.