Both the Altoona-Blair County Airport and Roaring Spring Borough are working to allow the sale of alcohol.
Both areas need signatures for those initiatives to get them on local ballots in May.
But if they’re passed, those referendums would impact different parts of their communities.
A group of residents and business owners in Roaring Spring are spreading the word about the “Roaring Spring Alcohol Referendum.”
“We just feel that it’s time to test the waters and see if the town’s ready for change, and if it is, move forward in a positive way,” said Roaring Spring resident, Robert Berkheimer.
The Altoona-Blair County Airport Manager Tracy Plessinger agrees that its time to allow alcohol sales, but his initiative won’t affect the entire township where the airport is located.
“Our initiative on the ballot is focused and targeted just at the airport,” said Plessinger. “Our liquor license couldn’t be transferred to someone else in the township. If the restaurant were to leave the airport at same point, the license stays here.”
Both groups say bringing alcohol sales to the area will add value to businesses.
Plessinger tells us they have enough signatures to get the airport’s referendum on the ballot for May.
The folks in Roaring Spring say they’re very close, and will keep working to get the required numbers before the March 12 deadline.