Kremmling closes liquor law loophole |

Kremmling closes liquor law loophole

Drew Munro
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, CO Colorado

Kremmling trustees adopted a housecleaning ordinance on Wednesday night and entertained a Grand County commissioner who paid them an impromptu visit.

A recent ruling in which the suspect in an open container case was acquitted won’t be repeated now that town trustees have adopted an ordinance closing a “loophole.”

The suspect got off because his lawyer discovered that the former ordinance did not specifically address the strength of beer he was consuming at the time.

The ordinance trustees adopted Wednesday night does, and it also allows establishments that sell alcohol to stay open beyond the legal hours under state law for selling alcohol, though not to sell alcohol beyond those hours.

Lastly, the ordinance imposes a fine of up to $100 for the petty offense, per state law, of possessing up to one ounce of marijuana. Said fines will, according to the new ordinance, not require a court appearance and will be deposited directly into the town’s general fund.

In other business:

• Trustees set a public hearing for Dec. 7 about a proposed ordinance that will incorporate into town code by reference an amended version of the Grand County animal control ordinance. Trustees discussed whether pheasants and pigeons should be added to the list of permissible foul to raise inside town boundaries.

• Town Manager Ted Soltis apprised trustees of the status of the two water-line projects under way in town, both of which are set to wrap up for the season by next week.

•Grand County Commissioner Gary Bumgarner sat in on much of the meeting and addressed questions about the closing of the Kremmling Landfill.

“The Kremmling Landfill will be open until the transfer station opens,” Bumgarner assured them.

Trustee Erik Woog urged county officials to place a sign at the landfill entrance indicating the proper procedure for people to follow for dumping refuse in the future rather than just saying the landfill is closed.