Local businesses appear at council

Representatives appear en masse for liquor license approvals

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At its Tuesday meeting, the Craig City Council:

• Accepted a U.S. flag from the Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and American Legion Post 62. Councilor Ray Beck said it was an honor to accept the gift in remembrance of sacrifices made by American soldiers.

• Awarded an $11,369 bid to Pam's Designs for new tile to install in the City Park pool entry area. It was the only bid of three that was complete and on time.

• Approved the first reading of an ordinance to increase fees on residential and commercial trash collection, and also approved the first reading of an ordinance to raise water and sewer rates.

• Approved the first reading of the 2009 city budget. The only change that has been made was to eliminate a purchase for a Craig Police Department motorcycle and put the money toward speed signs at a net spending reduction of about $6,000.

• Signed a letter of support for the National Mining Association's "Position on Climate Change Policies." The document requests that state and federal legislators not forget about the need and demand for fossil fuel-based energy.

Local business owners have seemingly taken notice of the Craig City Council's tougher stance on liquor licenses.

A total of nine liquor license renewals and approvals were up for discussion at the council's meeting Tuesday, and representatives for each applicant were present at City Hall to answer the council's questions and concerns.

Councilor Terry Carwile wanted to hear specifically from those businesses that were cited more than once for selling alcohol to minors. Safeway was the only such business on the council's agenda.

Other applicants approved were The Memorial Hospital, Dark Horse Liquor, Elk Liquor Store, Ocean Pearl, OP Bar & Grill, Fiesta Jalisco, JW Snacks Gulf Coast Bar and BBQ and El Ranchero Restaurant.

Safeway Store Manager Fred Hudson said he has taken it upon himself to educate the store's employees about not only the law, but also the penalties that employees face when they are caught selling alcohol to minors.

He said the attitude amongst his staff has changed now that they know the steep fines and other consequences.

"We've taken it very seriously as a store to no longer sell to minors," Hudson said. "We should not have any more going on."

Hudson added that his employees know firsthand how anyone on staff being caught can affect them personally, as all of their hours were cut when Safeway was prohibited from selling alcohol for a short time.

Although he was not called before council, Danny Griffith spoke on behalf of himself and other liquor license holders in Craig.

Griffith's business, JW Snacks, has not been cited twice for selling to underage buyers, but was cited in the Craig Police Department's most recent compliance check in May.

"We're with the council," Griffith said. "We approve of what the council has done (regarding underage drinking) and we hope you approve what we have done. It is a privilege, not a right, it is a privilege to sell alcohol."

However, local businesses are not the main culprit, Griffith said. It's the parents, siblings and older friends that buy alcohol legally and then give it to a minor.

Comments

taxslave 6 years, 1 month ago

Why did the hospital get a liquor license? Why did the Girls & Boys Club get one (not noted in this article). Everyone is selling alcohol yet they still want to blame the parents.

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grannyrett 6 years, 1 month ago

Does that mean you'll get a beer with your evening meal at the hospital? Boys and girls club? What is going on there? Can't people get together anymore without booze? Crazy! What a message to send to our kids.

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50cal 6 years, 1 month ago

yeah granny you have to serve booze to get the parents to come to the boys and girls club functions! how do you think they fund these things? man $3.50 for a bud!

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jgrubbs 6 years, 1 month ago

Thank you all for reading, and we hope this clears up any confusion. The Boys & Girls Club of Craig did not request a liquor license at Tuesday's meeting. However, Samantha Johnston, service excellence officer for The Memorial Hospital, was present to ask for a special events liquor license for the hospital's holiday party Dec. 15 at the Boys & Girls Club. The Boys & Girls Club has nothing to do with the liquor license or the application other than being the site of the hospital's party. The party will be invite-only and after hours, so there will be no children present who were not brought by their family. Johnston said the hospital chose the Boys & Girls Club because there aren't many venue options around town that can accommodate 300 people. - Jennifer L. Grubbs, Daily Press editor

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grannyrett 6 years, 1 month ago

Jennifer-My comment was meant to express my disgust that there apparently has to be booze at any and every social event. People can't seem to gather unless there is alcohol present. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chamber mixers, birthday parties, retirement parties, it doesn't matter, the booze is first and foremost on the menu.

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DV8 6 years, 1 month ago

If the hospital is involved with the beer, it would probably be $50 for a cup, not $3.50. Afterall, they charge $10 or more for an Advil.

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grannyrett 6 years, 1 month ago

DV8--It isn't that the Advil cost $10. It's that the labor to go get the darn thing out of the bottle is $9.95.

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lonelyone 6 years, 1 month ago

lol.......you guys crack me up! 50 dollars for a cup of beer!! I think your on to something and hey they can raise more money for the building fund!! lol

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