Victor Tarango addresses the Craig City Council Tuesday night during a public hearing to consider approval for retail gaming and tavern liquor licenses for Tarango’s nightclub at 535 Green St. in Craig. The permits were denied unanimously due to alleged false information on Tarango’s application.

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Victor Tarango addresses the Craig City Council Tuesday night during a public hearing to consider approval for retail gaming and tavern liquor licenses for Tarango’s nightclub at 535 Green St. in Craig. The permits were denied unanimously due to alleged false information on Tarango’s application.

Craig City Council denies liquor permit due to false information

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During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Craig City Council:

• Approved, 7-0, a special events permit for the Wyman Museum for a June 9 event at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

• Approved, 7-0, the renewal of a tavern liquor license for the Popular Bar, 24 W. Victory Way.

• Approved, 7-0, a proclamation declaring April 2012 as Month of the Young Child.

• Approved, 7-0, a proclamation declaring April 2012 as Safety Belt Awareness Month.

• Heard from Craig resident Ken Craig on wastewater charges.

• Heard from the Craig Beautification Committee.

• Awarded, 7-0, a $67,837.50 bid from Elam Construction for 2012 construction materials.

• Heard a presentation on the National League of Cities service line warranty program.

• Heard a February financial report from Finance Director Bruce Nelson.

• Heard water and wastewater monthly reports.

• Discussed lease negotiations for Craig City Park with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265.

• Discussed Shadow Mountain capital improvement projects.

Steamboat Springs resident Victor Tarango leased space at 535 Green St., next to Craig’s U.S. Post Office, in hopes of opening a new business, Tarango’s Night Club.

But, aspirations for the venture hit a snag Tuesday night when the Craig City Council unanimously denied retail gaming and tavern liquor licenses due to alleged false information on his application.

“We take alcohol licenses very seriously in our community,” council member Byron Willems said. “It’s very important that we get accurate information before we act on something like this and it’s not a positive sign when we get this and the information is inaccurate.”

According to a background check conducted by Sgt. John Forgay of the Craig Police Department, records obtained through the Colorado Crime Information Center indicated Tarango incorrectly answered questions on his liquor license permit application.

When asked to report any previous convictions, including for driving under the influence, Tarango marked “no,” according to Forgay’s report, which was submitted to the council.

According to Forgay’s report, Tarango was arrested in 2000 for DUI and later convicted for driving while ability impaired.

His license was suspended for 30 days and he served one year of unsupervised probation.

In addition, when asked if any state licenses had been suspended, including a driver’s license, Tarango again marked “no.”

According to Forgay’s report, Tarango has had his driver’s license suspended on four occasions. His license was suspended twice in 2000 — one time for non-payment of child support and the other time for the DUI conviction. His license was again suspended in 2001 and 2010 for non-payment of child support.

Tarango told the city council Tuesday night he didn’t realize offenses that occurred more than a decade ago needed to be declared on the application.

“I’ve been doing much better,” he said. “I’m paying child support, I lost my house, and it’s very, very tough to survive.”

The council denied his permit application, 7-0.

City Attorney Kenny Wohl wanted to make sure Tarango understood his application was not denied because of the prior offenses.

“I think it’s important he understands it’s not the offenses themselves,” Wohl said. “It’s the untruthful answers on the application.”

There is no stipulated timeframe Tarango must wait before reapplying and council members told him he could do so at his convenience.

However, reapplying means it would be a brand new permit process.

Tarango would therefore have to navigate the same review process, wait the standard 30 days for public notice, and appear before the council again for a public hearing.

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