BATH — City Council quickly and unanimously passed both a liquor license for Bath Brewing Company and the appointment of Interim City Manager Peter Owen to a full-time position at its regular meeting on Wednesday.

Bath Brewing Company, located at 141 Front St., intends to be a combination brewery and restaurant. Terry Geaghan, co-owner of the venture, was present at the meeting to give council an idea of the group’s progress.

“We are on track to open towards the end of the month,” he said.

While the brewpub will open soon, it won’t be able to brew its own beer until later in the year. Federal regulations, coupled with the scarcity of brewing equipment due to high demand, mean things have been delayed “more than expected,” said Geaghan.

“We’ll open with other craft beers, and we hope to have our breweries opened in April,” adding that public support has been overwhelming, and he’s excited to get started.

“We’re going to promote who we are, and our whole theme is to be part of the city and honor the heritage of the community,” he said.

City Council also appointed Peter Owen to the position of City Manager. Owen has served as the interim manager since the retirement of Bill Giroux in July 2017. Prior to that, he served as director of public works, and has 18 years of working with the city.

Owen said, “I was really not interested at the time when I was asked to be the permanent city manager.”

Getting to know business and community leaders, working with the council, and learning more over the past several months helped change his mind.

“That has sort of given me a different perspective of the opportunity,” he said. “It’s been a very positive experience.”

In addition, residents of Bath recently voted on a change to the city’s charter which allows the city manager to reside in a town outside of Bath. Owen, who currently lives in Brunswick, said that was also a large part of his decision to accept the job.

Council members said they were happy Owen decided to take the job, given his long history with the city.

“I have always been impressed with your sense of history,” said Councilor Terry Nordmann. “If there’s an issue, he was there years ago dealing with the issue, and that will come as a good resource for us.”