Cobden Board Discusses Proposed Wine Festival

Plans for a late-summer wine festival were discussed at last week's regular meeting of the Cobden Village Board of Trustees.

The meeting was Monday night, Feb. 16, at Cobden Village Hall.

Local winery representatives Brandy Nance and Tim Waller discussed the possibility of having a Labor Day weekend wine festival in Cobden's downtown park area.

The Cobden Village Board was receptive to the idea of having a festival and hopes to work with the organizers on the event.

Cobden's Liquor Advisory Board will look into determining what is necessary concerning liquor licensing for a festival.

Other Business

In other business at last week's meeting:

Union County community and economic development coordinator John Baldwin reported to the board about a recent meeting of local business owners who discussed the formation of a merchants' association of Cobden businesses.

The group plans to have another meeting on March 9.

Doug and Nancy Campbell introduced Brian Goins, who is the potential purchaser of the Palace Pizzeria in Cobden.

Goins is forming a corporation with other parties and then will apply for a liquor license for the business in the near future.

Trustee Molly Beckley reported on a meeting of Senior Services for Union County Inc., SSUN, board.

The board approved the appointments of Beckley and trustee Alan Eddington to represent Cobden on the SSUN board.

SSUN is working to become the local senior services program provider.

It was reported that the village once again will sponsor this summer's Cobden Peach Festival parade.

Businesses which make contributions to the village for the parade will receive a small plaque in recognition of their support of the event.

The village board approved ordinances which increase water and sewer rates effective April 1.

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