Granby trustees postpone vote on liquor license for store near City Market
After three hours of testimony and public comment Tuesday night, the Granby Town Board, sitting as the Granby Liquor Licensing Authority, voted to postpone its decision on whether to grant a license to a liquor store proposed near City Market.At least three dozen citizens watched as the applicant, Granby Marketplace Liquors LLC, presented its case and opponents of the store, primarily a coalition of downtown Granby businesses, argued that the town’s liquor needs are already being met.Trustees who voted for delaying the vote until the Jan. 12, 2010, meeting cited the fact that the opponents missed the deadline for submitting their petitions to be included in the materials to be considered.”I personally think we should continue this,” said Trustee Ken Coatney, who said he had not had sufficient time to examine the petitions.Trustee Deb Shaw echoed that sentiment and made the motion to continue the hearing.”If we’re going to hedge, it’s going to come back to bite us,” said Mayor Jynnifer Pierro, who was not in favor of continuing the hearing.Adam Stapen, attorney for applicant Andrew Buettner, objected strenuously to the hearing being continued. By not following its own policies and procedures with respect to deadlines for the hearing, the town would be acting in an “arbitrary and capricious” manner, he said.As the Liquor Licensing Authority, the trustees act in a quasi-judicial capacity and as such are not permitted to discuss the issue, either among themselves or with anyone else, until after the vote, Town Attorney Scotty Krob instructed the trustees.A few minutes after postponing that vote, Trustees voted unanimously to approve a 3.2 percent beer license for the new Kum & Go store set to open in Granby on Dec. 18.- This story will be updated on this Web site Thursday and in Friday’s edition of the Sky-Hi Daily News.
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