HOPKINTON — The Town Council has set Sept. 30 as the date for a show cause hearing on the possible suspension or revocation of the liquor license for ABK LLC, doing business as the Boneyard Barbecue Restaurant and Saloon on Frontier Road in Ashaway.

Sitting as a licensing board, the council will hear evidence presented by Hopkinton police and decide what action it will take following the Aug. 23 arrest of Boneyard co-owner Patrick Kane on a charge of obstructing justice in the investigation of a fatal accident on the property. 

Prosecutors say Kane knowingly lied to police when they questioned him about an accident on Aug. 16 outside the restaurant that led to the death of 48-year-old Derrick Payne Sr. Payne died after becoming trapped under a Jeep owned by Kane. Police say Payne had been four-wheeling on a nearby driving range before the accident, which occurred just after the restaurant had closed. He wasn't discovered in the vehicle until the next day.

In the weeks following the accident, business at the restaurant has dropped off sharply and it was recently listed for sale for $1.1 million.

The hearing will be held separately from the regular Town Council meeting and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

In other business, the council approved sending an amendment to the Richmond-Hopkinton waterline agreement to the Richmond Town Council for consideration.

The First Baptist Church at 1059 Main Street is planning to build a parsonage on the lot next to the church and has asked to connect to the waterline.

The Hopkinton council approved the amendment with only a brief discussion, and councilor Barbara Capalbo told church officials in attendance that she was pleased that the church was planning to build a parsonage.

“It’s a wonderful project,” she said. “I’m glad you’re doing that and it’s marvelous that you’ll have a parsonage, and having a church grow is a wonderful thing in town.”

Church Pastor Chip Northup and his family are living in temporary rental housing while the church, which owns the double lot, obtains the necessary permits and raises funds to build the parsonage.

Northup said, “We were looking for houses and nothing was really suitable and someone had a light bulb (moment) and they said ‘we have the land. It’s just sitting there. Let’s put a modular on it.’ And that’s what this whole process is.”

Church facilitator Pete Toy said the congregation was looking forward to having the Northup family living right next to the church.

“We wanted the pastor and his family in town, close to the community,” he said. “We’ve been in a campaign and we have a loan in place and we have all of the documentation.”

If the Richmond council approves the amendment allowing the church property to hook up to the waterline, construction of the parsonage can begin. The Richmond Town Council meeting is at 6 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 17).

The council also set a hearing date for an application filed by Centrica Business Solutions for amendments to the town's zoning and comprehensive plan to permit the construction of a solar energy project on property owned by Karen and James Cherenzia at 201 Chase Hill Road. The hearing will take place Nov. 25 at Hope Valley Elementary School.

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