Licenses for outdoor dining on town owned portions of village sidewalks has been discussed in New Milford.
A sample "sidewalk dining area" license was drafted for the New Milford Town Council to review. It's a revocable license that requires proof of insurance by the restaurant. Both the establishment name and the owner would be listed on the proposed license.
Right now there is no fee listed.
Mayor Patricia Murphy told the Council that an 11pm restriction in the license is because most restaurants are in mixed use neighborhoods.
The license would be granted and revoked at the discretion of the Mayor. Some concerns were raised about the lack of appeal process. But the town's attorney said adding an enforcement agency or "sound discretion" wording would open the town to lawsuits.
The item was tabled for a future meeting.