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Council approves liquor tastings

Officials table decision on purchasing land south of Craig

James Kelso, left, Nicolas White, John Balzer and Justin McIntyre sample some amber ales during a beer tasting hosted by Stockmen’s Liquors in 2004 at Carelli’s Pizzeria and Pasta. The Craig City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night adopting new state requirements for tasting events and establishing an application process.

In other action

At its Tuesday meeting, the Craig City Council also:

• Approved, 6-0, appointing Councilor Ray Beck and residents Luke Tucker and Mike Anson to the Craig/Moffat County Airport board. Beck abstained from the vote.

• Approved, 7-0, naming Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St., as the designated place to post notices for public meetings. The council also voted, 7-0, to name the Craig Daily Press as the official city newspaper.

• Approved, 7-0, renewing the tavern liquor license for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 Steakhouse, and the hotel and restaurant liquor license for the Holiday Inn of Craig.

• Approved, 7-0, a special events permit for the Craig Rotary Club Diamonds and Spurs Dinner Dance on Jan. 23 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

The Craig City Council approved, 7-0, a resolution at its meeting Tuesday allowing retail liquor stores and liquor licensed drug stores to host wine, beer and liquor tastings.

According to the resolution, interested businesses must submit an application to city officials — which hasn't been formally created yet — and pay a $75 fee.

If approved, city permission is good for one year.

Craig City Attorney Kenny Wohl said tastings hadn't been prohibited before, but the state has created a statute outlining some parameters for tastings, which requires municipalities to adopt by ordinance or resolution if they want to allow such events.

State requirements mandate all tastings must be given in no more than 1-ounce containers for beer and wine or half-ounce containers of spirituous liquors.

Tasting samples also must be free, a person may only have four total and the event can only take place between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., among other regulations.

Council members also chose to table a vote regarding a possible purchase of state land south of town for $80,000.

Officials are considering buying the land the city now leases for its wastewater sludge ponds, which are dumping grounds for organic materials separated from clean water put back into the Yampa River.

A memo from Mark Sol­lenberger, water and wastewater director, states that the city budgeted $50,000 for the land, but it could use reserve funds created by wastewater fees to make up the difference.

Sollenberger and City En­gineer Bill Earley said it would be prudent for Craig to own the land since the city has more than $1 million in infrastructure there, and officials plan to make improvements in the future.

A final decision was tabled because the appraisal done on the land hasn't been released publicly, and the council wants to review the appraisal before it agrees on a price.