Kremmling board OKs TIPS alcohol training |

Kremmling board OKs TIPS alcohol training

by Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

Kremmling is taking action to help cut down on the number of alcohol abuse incidents that takes place within its town limits.

At Monday’s Kremmling Board of Trustees meeting, the board members unanimously approved a resolution for the town to pay for TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) for the owners and employees of the town’s five on-premise liquor-serving establishments.

In addition to employees of the town’s bars and restaurants where liquor is served, the TIPS training will also be offered to those individuals involved in serving alcohol during the special events sponsored every year by the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce.

TIPS training is designed to help businesses prevent intoxication, underage drinking and drunken driving. It also helps these businesses achieve compliance with state and local regulations to prevent the sale of alcohol to minors as well as reduce the possibility of lawsuits related to alcohol liability.

The proposal to fund the TIPS training was presented to the board members at Monday’s meeting by Kremmling Police Chief Scott Spade. He suggested the funding come from his department’s Judical and Police Education Fund that has already been included in the town’s 2008 budget.

The TIPS training will be conducted locally by the Grand Futures organization. The cost is $30 per participant.

“I highly encourage everyone who serves liquor in a bar or restaurant, or does so at one of the Chamber’s special events to participate in the TIPS program,” Spade said. “A lot of these establishments’employees have already been through the training, but these classes would certainly benefit new employees.”

With approval for the funding, Spade said he would work with Grand Futures to set up the training classes for later this month. Those interested in participating in the TIPS training should contact him at the Kremmling Police Department.

Spade said that he hopes to be able to fund TIPS training in the future for the owners and employees of businesses in Kremmling that conduct package sales of alcohol such as liquor stores.

In a related matter at Monday’s meeting, the board gave its approval to granting a request by the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce for a special events liquor license. It is for its “Texas Hold-Em Challenge” to be held at the CSU Extension Hall at the county fairgrounds from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Also discussed at the meeting were a couple details related to the lease of the five hangars owned by the town at Kremmling’s McElroy Airport. At the board’s final meeting in December, the board decided adopt a modified lease which would take effect Jan. 1. The new leases will be for three years and include an annual rate increase.

Approval was given by the board for the lease of funds from Grand Mountain Bank for the purchase of a John Deere Motor Grader to help plow the snow from the town’s streets.

The board also gave its approval to the cancellation of its second meeting slated for Wednesday, Jan. 16. The board’s next scheduled meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 4.

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