Liquor Licensees Question Provisions Regarding Minors

County commissioners at Monday's hearing on the liquor measure. (Photo by Pat Blair)
County commissioners at Monday's hearing on the liquor measure. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Several holders of liquor licenses in Sheridan County sought clarification of new regulations relating to minors in establishments where alcoholic or malt beverages are being dispensed.

Administrative Director Renee Obermueller read that provision.

Licensees expressed their concerns in a public hearing Monday afternoon in the commissioners' meeting room. Several said they were concerned about the definition of the word “portion.” One license-holder said he had a dance floor and questioned whether he would be in violation of the new county law if he had a bar at one end of the room while minors were on the dance floor.

Commissioners said the law was intended to be less restrictive on license-holders, not more. Commissioner Mike Nickel said the definition of “portion” will be different for every one of the license-holders' businesses.

Other licensees at the hearing protested a county-imposed increase in their annual license fees. The owner of the Parkman Bar said his fees under the new county law would go from $1,000 to $1,500.

Obermueller said the county hasn't raised liquor license fees in quite some time. Commissioners said they would take comments made Monday under advisement. They're scheduled to consider the liquor resolution for adoption at their meeting Tuesday, which starts at 9 a.m.

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Administrative Director Renee Obermueller. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Administrative Director Renee Obermueller. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Commission Chairman Steve Maier. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Commission Chairman Steve Maier. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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