PLYMPTON — The Plympton Board of Selectmen met last Monday via Zoom, and took on a few previous items on their agenda, as well as several new ones. A public hearing for a Wine and Malt beverages application was also considered for KKaties Burgers Express Plympton, and two appointments were made, one for Lisa Hart, and another for Tara Shaw.
Hart, the former secretary of the Finance Committee, was appointed Town Accountant. She said she was, “totally thrilled, and the right person for this job,” noting how much she loved Plympton.
Former Town Clerk Tara Shaw was appointed Assistant Town Treasurer, and mentioned that she had learned many things during her two-year break from Town House, working in an accounting-based University position.
She said that she, “would have regretted not putting into place [the] application… I’m looking forward to starting a new career.”
Mid-meeting there was a “wine and malt beverage” license application for KKaties, a local burger chain with locations in Hyannis, Marshfield and Plymouth. Keith Steiding, the president of the award-winning restaurant company, represented the company at the hearing.
Not long into the meeting, Steiding’s enthusiasm became obvious.
He began to speak, not always answering the questions posed to him, or answering them in a very round-about way, prompting slight smiles from town officials.
“I had a comment…” he said, “This is a malt and liquor license [not a full liquor license] … that’s all we want … [The] other locations have bars… this is not one of those situations.”
Steiding said that it was more of a restaurant where “you could grab a beer at lunch, and then leave,” as opposed to a full bar, as in the other locations.
Selectman Christine Joy had a question, although Selectmen Mark Russo and John Trainer did not have much to say.
Joy appeared concerned that because KKatie’s stated in their application that since they would be using third-party delivery services, they might try to get into delivering alcohol. The answer was a resounding, although round-about, “No.”
The motion for the application passed unanimously, after some discussion.
Finally, Secretary to the Board of Selectman Bri Martins, who phoned into the meeting and traditionally coordinates Memorial Day activities with the Selectmen, reported that the Board of Health had shut down any notion of a parade of any sort this year. There will be some limited activities, she said, but Martins sounded disappointed.
The final selection of limited activities will depend on health and safety guidelines.