City council tables liquor ordinance

License holders given additional opportunity to review, comment

If the Craig City Council wants to stop underage drinking, it needs to crack down on juveniles, not just liquor license holders.

That was the sentiment expressed by four of the five liquor license holders who attended Tuesday's council meeting to comment on an ordinance that outlines procedures for any liquor license holder who has violated liquor laws.

The Craig City Council tabled the ordinance in an attempt to get more comments and feedback from license holders.

The ordinance was introduced last week as the city's attempt to improve communication between license holders and the council following several liquor license renewal hearings that license holders did not attend. In those cases, a violation was logged and council members wanted to know how the situation had been remedied.

"(The problem) became real evident to us when we had five renewals on the books and most had violations and none were here," Mayor Dave DeRose said.

The City Council is the local liquor licensing authority.

Clyde Hettinger, owner of Dark Horse Discount Liquors, said the council was making all license holders pay for the misdeeds of a few and that if there was a problem with a business, the council should call that business owner and talk to them.

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