SOMERSET, NJ - Mimosas on Sunday mornings may seem like a small step but for someone feeling blue over Blue Laws, it’s a start.
An ordinance adopted by the Township Council Tuesday will treat Sunday like any other day when it comes to serving and selling alcoholic beverages. Restaurant owners asked for this relief from Sunday’s Blue Law restrictions, and the Economic Development Committee backed the measure.
Although no residents or business owners spoke at the public hearing, Mayor Phillip Kramer took the opportunity to explain the amended code, then added, “You may now have Sunday morning mimosas.”
A bit of a tradition with Sunday brunch, this wake-up drink would have been off limits with the morning meal under the old hours, which banned alcohol sales before noon. With holiday season approaching, patrons now will have more to toast with the new uniform hours of 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Saturday.
According to the ordinance, restaurant owners had “expressed their displeasure that alcohol sales on Sunday were not permitted during the same hours as the rest of the week.”
Mayor Kramer took note that there was no one, but journalists in the audience when it came time for another public hearing, this regarding a change in retirement benefits. He explained how the revised ordinance does not affect existing staff, union workers or those under contract as a bargaining unit.
“The purpose of the ordinance is to change benefits upon the retirement of the unaffiliated workers in town,” Kramer said, citing managers as an example.
For this small segment of the municipal workforce, and only those newly hired, retirement benefits for health care would cease once they became eligible for Medicare. They also could not expect to get paid for unused sick and vacation days once retired. New hires would be anyone brought on board after Nov. 12.
Both ordinances were approved without opposition.
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