Wording of Liquor Licensing Ordinance Concerns Dealers

Police Chief Rich Adriaens, left, and Sheridan Mayor Roger Miller before Adriaens started his presentation. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Police Chief Rich Adriaens, left, and Sheridan Mayor Roger Miller before Adriaens started his presentation. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Some liquor dealers at a meeting Wednesday night expressed concerns that obeying Sheridan's new city liquor licensing ordinance as it's now written could require them to pay administrative fees.

Police Chief Rich Adriaens said that wasn't correct. He said the administration fee comes into effect for someone who violates the standards in the proposed ordinance.

In his last presentation before Sheridan's City Council considers first reading of the proposed ordinance, Adriaens said there are six primary changes, including adoption and clarification of the new state law dealing with liquor licensing.

The Legislature earlier this year adopted a statute that leaves hours of operation and minors in liquor establishments strictly to local governments and eliminated dispensing rooms. Now, Adriaens said, the entire building is a dispensing room under statute.

Sheridan's proposed new ordinance would set hours of operation between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m., and minors would be banned from bars. Also under the proposed new ordinance, alcohol will be allowed in limousines and charter buses. The ordinance also requires beverage server training, and people may not consume alcohol or be under the influence of alcohol while they're selling alcoholic beverages.

The ordinance also prohibits serving liquor to anyone under 21, and requires liquor establishments to call the police if there's trouble, such as a fight. That was the wording that some in the audience were concerned with, arguing that the way the ordinance was worded could make them subject to fees if they called police.

Adriaens said the ordinance will go before the council on May 15 for its first reading. The ordinance will require three readings before it becomes law, and people can comment on, or seek changes in, the ordinance at the council meetings.

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Adriaens during his presentation. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Adriaens during his presentation. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Sheridan Mayor Miller visits with attorney Tony Wendtland before the presentation starts. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Sheridan Mayor Miller visits with attorney Tony Wendtland before the presentation starts. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Some of the members of the audience at the meeting. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Some of the members of the audience at the meeting. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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