A change to New Milford's alcohol ordinance has nonprofits in town hoping for new avenues for fundraising.

Approved June 25 by the Town Council, the new regulation will allow alcoholic beverages to be served and consumed on municipal property during town-authorized events.

Certain properties including schools and Lynn Deming Park on Candlewood Lke are exempted.

For entities like the New Milford Public Library and Friends of Sullivan Farm, however, the change would permit fundraising functions to include wine tastings and other alcoholic beverage consumption.

"This allows us to have some wine at our Farmers Table Dinner at Sullivan Farm on July 21," said Katy Francis, town councilwoman and a Friends of Sullivan Farm board member.

"Now we can offer plow-to-plate kinds of meals with some wine tasting included.

"It's a great thing. It allows more latitude for residents to enjoy town-owned areas."

To hold an event with alcoholic beverages, a permit must be obtained with approval given by the mayor and the chief of police.

Any other required permits from government agencies or authorities, such as Parks & Recreation, must be obtained as well.

Mayor Pat Murphy made it clear a line would be drawn about which event could receive such permits.

"Something that had a controlled environment, like the Taste of New Milford on the Green might qualify," she said. "But we wouldn't issue a permit for Village Fair Days ... there's too large and raucous a crowd."

-- Susan Tuz