Rural Paxton Distillery to Open Downtown Tasting Room | Entrepreneurs
PAXTON – The owners of a rural Paxton distillery are preparing to expand their operations downtown after a new ordinance is approved.
Will and Dallas Glazik, owners of Silver Tree Beer and Spirits, announced their plans after city council voted on Tuesday to approve a change to allow distilleries to operate within city limits.
Will Glazik said they plan to use what some are calling the Old Ford Garage, a Quonset building north of the 100 block of West Pells Street, as an on-site tasting location for their products. Under the new ordinance, Glaziks are not allowed to use the site for distribution.
Glaziks has been in business since 2017. Its first product was Down East Vodka. They grow the grains used in their products.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, council voted 6-1 to approve the Planning Commission’s recommendation to change the zoning of a house at 146 W. State St. from business to residential.
Owners Corey and Diane Tavenner restored the house after it had been empty for many years and rented it out as an antique dealer. When the last of those businesses closed, the Tavenners rented the house on Airbnb and now want to sell it as a residence.
Another resident, Ursula Roncevich Baker, opposed the proposal ahead of the vote, saying she planned to open a pet food store in the old neighboring car dealership at 108 W. State St. for more than one year, and that the zoning change would negatively affect it. company, which has not yet opened.
Baker said she plans to operate the store as a subsidiary of PetSmart and offer animals for adoption, and the city ordinance states that animals living in such a setting must be 150 feet from the sky. ‘a residence. His planned store and the Tavenners’ house are only 130 feet apart.
Councilors Mike Wilson and Rob Pacey each told Baker the council would be ready to help resolve this issue. Wilson suggested filing the rezoning, but Pacey and city attorney Marc Miller said Baker should apply for a special use permit from the planning commission that will allow the shorter distance.
- Resident Matt Griffin told a long story about an issue he had with another resident and a police officer he said was unresponsive. Griffin ended up filing a complaint against the officer.
Police Chief Coy Cornett disagreed with Griffin’s account and provided the officer’s body camera audio as evidence. Cornett said the problem could have been avoided had Griffin filed an accident report to begin with.
- City Engineer Mike Friend also gave city councilors an overview of the six areas in the city with the greatest drainage issues. Friend will determine cost estimates for each, and Mayor Bill Ingold said council can fix issues if finances allow.
Friend noted that there is an exit at the south end of town for excessive precipitation. Pacey said the city may need to contact the park and school boards to find solutions to remove excess water.
- Ingold told council that Block 100 West of Pells Street would be added to the list of repaving projects funded by fuel tax revenues.
- Water department chief Bob Carleton said he contacted a contractor about a new roof on the filter building at the sewer plant, prompting an avalanche of questions from Baker about the city’s tendering practices. Miller explained that under state law, projects under $ 25,000 do not need to be tendered.