Fraser board approves new liquor store application
Grand County, CO Colorado
The Town of Fraser liquor licensing authority approved, Dec. 1, an application by The Icebox for a new liquor store to be located next to Winter Park Market.
Prior to approval, several town trustees stated that they were unswayed by testimony that the area is growing or by the high volume traffic figures provided at the public hearing Nov. 17. All seven trustees took a moment to state that they felt the evidence presented regarding “need” was thin. But, the application passed, 7-0, because the opposition failed to provide any evidence to the contrary, several trustees explained.
Trustee Peggy Smith voiced her frustration that she could not consider her own personal feelings in the matter or the opposition she heard on the street.
The authority was by law only allowed to consider evidence presented at the public hearing.
The authority’s greatest concern was expressed by Steve Sumrall, who said the division between the market and the liquor store seemed inadequate, particularly if a young clerk were to be manning the market while the liquor store was closed.
During the initial hearing, the applicant said the entrance to the liquor store, which is located inside the market, would be “roped off” when the liquor store is closed.
Winter Park Market manager Mark Hanna said his store’s new policy will be to only allow cashiers over the age of 21 to prevent any problems.
Police Chief Glenn Trainor added that the state’s liquor laws still allow people as young as 18 to stock shelves in a liquor store and that the proposed division between stores satisfies state law.
Approval was conditioned on applicant Meredith Lipscomb receiving a clear background check from the Colorado Bureau of Investigations.
The town board approved its budget for 2011 following three public hearings and no comment from the public.
Town Trustee Scotty Brent initially stated that he was disappointed by the lack of public participation in the process, considering the turnout for other issues – like the liquor license hearing.
“We are spending millions of dollars here,” he said.
Mayor Fran Cook suggested that the lack of participation could mean the town is doing something right.
Her statement was affirmed by citizen Scott Emery who said the people of Fraser have great confidence in their leaders.
The budget, which looks quite similar to last year, holds the line on spending at $5.3 million.
The town board approved a new water/sewer rate schedule for 2011. The consumption-based new rates will increase bills by an average of 5 percent for some customers while lowering some businesses’ bills by as much as 40 percent.
The town board canceled its Dec. 15 meeting.
– Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610 or email@example.com.
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