Liquor Control Board - June 21, 2017 Minutes
June 21, 2017
Present: Commissioner Piepkorn, Police Chief Dave Todd, City Auditor Steve Sprague, Grant Larson, Environmental Health, Commissioner Gehrig
Others Present: Nikki Berglund, Luna; Duane Litton, Duffy’s, Rick Nymark, Tailgators; Dave Erickson, Bulldog Tap; Ryan Beckman, 9 Iron; Dean Bachmeier, Wild Wings; Rick Carik, Rick’s; Other members of the media, concerned citizens and other members of the industry.
Meeting was called to order at 1:30 P.M.
1. Commissioner Piepkorn called the meeting to order and asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes of May 24, 2017. There were no additions or corrections to the minutes of May 24, 2017. Moved by Larson, seconded by Todd to approve the minutes of the May 24, 2017 meeting of the Liquor Control Board; all voted in favor, motion passed unanimously.
2. A. The first application to be considered today is for the transfer of a Class AB alcoholic beverage license from Douglas DeMinck d/b/a The Nestor located at 1001 Northern Pacific Avenue to Mom’s Kitchen Inc. d/b/a Tailgator’s Sports Café to be located at 1322 Main Ave. The transfer is to be effective at the end of the year, both businesses will continue to operate as they do today until the transfer is complete.
Moved by Gehrig, seconded by Larson to approve the transfer of a Class AB alcoholic beverage license from Douglas DeMinck d/b/a The Nestor located at 1001 Northern Pacific Avenue to Mom’s Kitchen Inc. d/b/a Tailgator’s Sports Café to be located at 1322 Main Ave. All voted in favor, motion carried.
B. The second application to be considered today is for the transfer of a Class FA-Golf alcoholic beverage license from RBT Investments, LLC d/b/a 9 Iron Bar & Grill to BCZ Osgood Holdings, LLC d/b/a 9 Iron Bar & Grill to be located at 4400 Clubhouse Drive.
Chief Todd mentioned all three applicants had had some history, this history made discussion about this application appropriate for the Board to consider. Piepkorn commented that the City experienced some issues with the ownership group involved with JT Cigarro, however, this license is for a golf course so the setting will be substantially different. He commented the applicants are intending to invest a considerable amount into upgrading facilities. Sprague indicated operation of this location has a tremendous impact on Park District facilities.
Piepkorn asked if the transfer could be approved on a conditional or probationary basis for two years, should the applicants have items of concern in the future it could impact the license status.
Moved by Todd, seconded by Gehrig to approve the transfer of a Class FA-Golf alcoholic beverage license from RBT Investments, LLC d/b/a 9 Iron Bar & Grill to BCZ Osgood Holdings, LLC d/b/a 9 Iron Bar & Grill to be located at 4400 Clubhouse Drive. The transfer is probationary for a two year period, should any criminal activity or liquor violations occur. All voted in favor, motion carried.
3. Sprague reviewed HB1015 section 19 and its effect on liquor license premise as it relates to special events permits. After some discussion, it was decided to receive and file to allow Attorney Nancy Morris to do additional research.
4. Sprague indicated he received an email notification from Planning Director Gilmore that the City population estimates are now set at 120,000. This population level would necessitate the creation of one more Class Z and one more Class B-Limited liquor license. Sprague recommended advertising that the licenses will be available and to accept applications until December. The Board agreed to proceed in this manner.
5. Sprague indicated this is the makeup session for the required annual meeting. The annual meeting covered the following topics; smoking law changes, server training update, liquor ordinance changes and active shooter responses.
The following businesses were represented: Fortune House, Izumi, Nail Deluxe, Samurai, Super Buffet, Best Western, Bottle Barn, Herd & Horns, Ho Do, Marlin’s, Panchero’s, Rhombus Guys, Sky Dine, India Palace and Four Points. The committee heard explanations for nonattendance and expressed the importance of attending the meeting. Commissioner Gehrig suggested implementing a penalty for nonattendance.
There being no further business to come before the Liquor Control Board, the meeting was adjourned at 2:14 p.m. The next regular meeting will be held Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in the City Commission Room.