Tisbury voters will decide this spring whether to expand a town bylaw that allows restaurants to sell beer and wine by adding hard liquor to the menu.
At their meeting on Tuesday, selectmen unanimously voted placing the liquor question on the annual town election ballot without comment. Several restaurant owners attended the meeting, though none spoke.
If the question passes, restaurants with 30 or more seats will be able to serve a full menu of liquor along with beer and wine. The town can currently issue 19 beer and wine licenses, and if the measure is approved the number of available licenses will not change.
At the annual town meeting last year a petitioned article to allow the sale of hard liquor in restaurants was approved 136 to 63. The matter then went to the state legislature for approval. Gov. Charlie Baker signed the bill on Jan. 5 after it had cleared the house and senate.
The town election is May 9.
In other business Tuesday, selectmen joined the other five Island towns in supporting initial steps to cull the Island deer herd. In an unanimous vote, the selectmen backed asking the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to host a public hearing on the Vineyard to discuss expanding the hunting season for deer.
An initial proposal for an additional two-week shotgun hunting season in January sparked some concerns in the hunting community. The proposal has since been modified to a general extension of the hunting season by adding in days where they fit, Edgartown health agent Matt Poole said. Mr. Poole spoke to the selectmen on behalf of Island biologist Richard Johnson, who visited the other towns. Mr. Johnson has been working for the Island Boards of Health tick-borne illness reduction initiative.
Selectman Tristan Israel asked if baiting and sterilizing deer was a feasible solution, but Mr. Poole said that would be expensive and would not see immediate results.
Selectman and board chairman Melinda Loberg said the changes are unlikely to have much of an impact in Tisbury, where there is little deer hunting.