Ice cream truck driver fingerprints, booze for 50 seats, goodbye Civil Service: It must be the Wellesley Special Town Meeting warrant

The warrant for the Wellesley Special Town Meeting beginning Nov. 14, now available online, is a quick read that is largely about shifting money from here to there but also includes intriguing articles about everything from fingerprinting to ditching tests to loosening liquor license rules.

The hottest topic might be the reducing of seats required by a restaurant to gain a liquor license from 100 to 50. This would enable some of the smaller eateries to better compete and might entice new businesses to town. But alas, could put an end to BYOB establishments in town.

Also on the agenda:

*Possibly removing the Wellesley Fire Department from civil service rules. Wellesley Police ditched the rules last year, arguing that doing so enables them to hire from a bigger pool of candidates.

*”Possibly allowing the Police Department to conduct state/federal fingerprint-based criminal history checks on those with or applying for certain licenses, such as for door-to-door sales, ice cream truck drivers, pawn dealers and “hackney” (i.e. cab) drivers.

*Assorted property issues, such as what to do with the VW car dealership parcel in Linden Square and town-owned land within the Cochituate Aqueduct.

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