Hearing Draws Discussion, Jo Co Commission Awards License

Johnson County Commissioners
Johnson County Commissioners

A public hearing on a liquor license application held during the Johnson County Commissioner's meeting Tuesday drew discussions, concerns, and some anger over the county's recent award of a seperate license to another applicant.

Representatives of local banks, bar and liquor store owners and members of the public did not seem to be in oppostion to the current application by the owners of Winchester's Steak House for a retail liquor license, but were concerned over the issuance of the earlier license.

A license application was approved by the commissioners earlier this year where an existing license was vacated, which created two available licenses in the county. The applicant was then issued a seperate new license.

The commissioners were not aware of any liens against the license that was vacated and said they had no legal reason to deny the approval the applicants' request.

Arguments against the procedure were not directed at the current applicant, as explained by Commission Chair Smokey Wildeman.

The commissioners moved to award the license to Winchester's.

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