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Editorial: Council’s club conundrum

Editorial board members:

• Al Cashion

— Community representative

• Alisa Corey

— Community representative

• Bryce Jacobson

— Newspaper representative

• Jerry Martin

— Newspaper representative

• Joshua Roberts

— Newspaper representative

Our View

Does it appear sketchy when the owner of a proposed new business falsifies information on his licensing applications? Yes. Does it raise character questions about the owner? Absolutely. Is this, along with a citizen’s petition, enough to arbitrarily deny the business from opening? Not really.

The Craig City Council is scheduled to again consider licensing applications for a proposed new nightclub in Craig during Tuesday’s regular meeting, bringing a potentially controversial issue back before the public.

Victor Tarango, a Steamboat Springs resident, is proposing to open Tarango’s Night Club at 535 Green St., across the street from City Market and near the U.S. Post Office and Elk Run Inn, just off U.S. Highway 40.

The club owner has hit snags during recent council meetings — the Craig Police Department uncovered false information on his applications, and more recently, local residents have circulated a petition asking the council to keep the club from opening.

None of it looks good for Tarango or his club, and it’s not difficult to see why.

However, the editorial board doesn’t believe character questions about Tarango or the petition are enough to rightfully keep the club from opening.

If Tarango has provided accurate information this time around and met all legal requirements, how can city officials justify keeping his doors closed?

Wouldn’t a denial under those circumstances be arbitrary and unfair?

Don’t confuse the editorial board.

We’re not wild about the idea of a new nightclub opening in our city. There are already plenty of places in our small community for people to get alcohol and make potentially bad decisions, and plenty of places law enforcement officers are forced to monitor.

Adding another isn’t high on our list.

Unfortunately, there’s a big difference between personal preference and a legal basis.

There are also some parallel issues to consider with the proposed club.

First off, chances are pretty good the time and effort put into worrying about the potential pitfalls of this new venture will exceed how long it’s actually open.

We’re in a recession and the odds are tough for any new business to be successful, and especially for one opening in a city where plenty of competition already exists.

Second, is the City of Craig in a position to be turning away new businesses? If Tarango’s meets its legal requirements, the club is a potential source of new tax revenue for a city that could always use more funds to benefit public services or amenities.

And lastly, the petition needs to be looked at critically.

Two people pushing the petition are nearby property owners, who have made efforts in the past to stifle economic development in favor of their own self interest.

That needs to stop. They own their own property, not everything around it, too.

The editorial board doesn’t envy the decision the Craig City Council has to make, whether it’s Tuesday or down the road, concerning the club.

It’s a tough spot, certainly.

But, sometimes the right decision comes down to a simple criteria — the absence of a legitimate reason to say no.

This appears to be one of those situations.

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