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February 27, 2009

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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF LICENSE COMMISSIONERS

OF CECIL COUNTY

 

The Board of License Commissioners of Cecil County met in a regular session at the County Administrative Building, Conference Room, 200 Chesapeake Boulevard, Elk Room, Elkton, MD on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 9:00 A.M.

 

PRESENT:             Tim Snelling, Chairman

                                Herrell 'Cuz' Curry, Commissioners

                                William Gerweck, Commissioner

                                                H. Norman Wilson, Jr., Esquire

                                Earl R. Bradford, Chief Alcohol Beverage Inspector

                                                Robin S. Coyle, Administrative Assistant

 

New License - Application received from Stephen Slack, Member; Arnold Gilbert; Captain Slack's LLC, T/A Captain's Slack's, 301 Augustine Herman Highway, Southfield Park, Suite 103, Elkton, MD 21921 for a new Class "B" Beer, Wine & Liquor Alcoholic Beverage License

 

Steve Slack and Arnold Gilbert appeared before the Board with attorney E. Ellis Rollins.  Slack and Gilbert were duly sworn by the Clerk.  Mr. Wilson read the public notice which appeared on dates of February 10 and February 17.  After a brief discussion it was decided and agreed upon by the Board and applicants that a Class "D" license would be issued if approved and the applicants would have one year to reclass to a Class "B" license once the kitchen is constructed and approved without additional fees.  The fully executed application packet with proper fees included: Zoning Certificate signed by Craig Trostle, Director, Building and Zoning, Town of Elkton; signatures of 10 registered voters and property owners in District 3-3; Alcohol Awareness Training; Certification Form stating the nature of the business will be a small neighborhood bar with two pool tables and possible kitchen in the future; Validation for Sunday Sales requesting on-premise sales only; Worker's Compensation to be submitted at a later date.  Mr. Wilson asked the applicants if the questions that they answered as part of the application packet were true today as they were when they signed the application; the applicants both stated yes.  Mr. Snelling asked if they were responsible for the parking lot area referring to the rowdiness, etc.; he explained there have been many issues with the Big Elk Mall and a licensee there.  Mr. Gerweck then asked if he planned to have outside seating; Mr. Slack stated not at this time; Mr. Gerweck told him that anything that was decided today would not include that and he would have to come back and ask for that.  M. Snelling asked if there were anyone present to speak for or against this license; there was no one.  With no further questions from the Board, Mr. Gerweck made a motion to approve the issuance of the Class "D" alcoholic beverage license conditioned upon submitted the signed lease, applying for a CR# (Sales & Use Tax #) and submitting checks for processing the fingerprint; Mr. Curry seconded that motion and the Board then voted unanimously to approve the issuance of the license. 

 

New License - Application received from Henry Smedley, Member; H. Christopher Smedley, Member; Mary Halsey, Member; 1190 Augustine Herman LC/HCS, LLC, T/A Bittersweet Golf Club @ Brantwood, 1190 Augustine Herman Highway, Elkton, MD 21921 for a new Class "GC" Beer, Wine & Liquor Alcoholic Beverage License

 

Attorneys Steve Luche and Rick Bechtel appeared before the Board; they stated Henry Smedley is out of the country and Mary Halsey is in Florida and neither would be appearing at the hearing today, however, they stated they were both available by phone if needed and requested that the issuance of the license not be held up because of this, they would ensure they would be available for the March 31st hearing.  Christopher Smedley, Sam Smedley and Mark Saunders were duly sworn by the Clerk; Mr. Wilson read the public notice which appeared on dates of February 10 and February 17.  The fully executed application packet with proper fees included: Zoning Certificate signed by Eric Sennstrom, Director of the Cecil County Office of Planning and Zoning; signatures of 10 registered voters and property owners in District 2-2; Alcohol Awareness Training; Certification Form stating the nature of the business will be an 18-hole public golf course with driving range and clubhouse; Worker's Compensation.  Mr. Wilson asked Mr. Christopher Smedley if the questions that he answered as part of the application packet were true today as they were when he signed the application; Mr. Smedley stated yes.  Mr. Snelling asked if there were anyone present to speak for or against this license; there was no one.  With no further questions from the Board, Mr. Gerweck made a motion to approve the issuance of the Class "GC" alcoholic beverage license conditioned upon the two applicants appearing at the March 31st meeting, which will not hold up the issuance of the license; Mr. Curry seconded that motion and the Board then voted unanimously to approve the issuance of the license.  The proper fees were paid and the license was issued.

 

License Transfer - Application received from Ralph O. Hall, Operating Member; A. Ford Hall, Sr., Member; J. Walter O'Neal, Member; Harbor Partners, LLC, T/A Granary Restaurant & Sassafras Grill, 100 George Street, Fredericktown/Georgetown, MD 21930 for transfer of Class "B" Beer, Wine & Liquor Alcoholic Beverage License No. B-23 from Jerren U. Wetterau, Partner, Arnold Ford Hall, Sr., Partner, James Walter O'Neal, Partner, Fredericktown Partners, L.L.C., T/A Granary Restaurant Sassafras Grill,100 George Street, Fredericktown, Georgetown, MD 21930

 

Ralph Hall, A. Ford Hall, Sr. and J. Walter O'Neal appeared before the Board; the applicants were duly sworn by the Clerk; Mr. Wilson read the public notice which appeared on dates of February 10 and February 17.  The fully executed application packet with proper fees included: Zoning Certificate signed by Clifford Houston, Zoning Administrator for the Cecil County Office of Planning and Zoning; signatures of 10 registered voters and property owners in District 2-2; Alcohol Awareness Training; Certification Form stating the nature of the business will be - Granary - fine dining, 230 seats, restaurant style bar, open seven days a week at 4:00 Pm, closed several weeks in winter; Sassafras Grill - casual dining - 135 seats, restaurant bar, open four days a week in season, closed off-season, except banquets; Worker's Compensation.  Mr. Wilson asked each of the applicants if the questions that they answered as part of the application packet were true today as they were when they signed the application; the applicants each stated yes.  Mr. Snelling asked if there were anyone present to speak for or against this license; there was no one.  With no further questions from the Board, Mr. Gerweck made a motion to approve the transfer of the Class "B" alcoholic beverage license; Mr. Curry seconded that motion and the Board then voted unanimously to approve the issuance of the license.  The license was issued.

 

Transfer of Location - Application received from Sarah Davis; T/A 3-D, 300 East Pulaski Highway, Elkton, MD 21921 for transfer of Class "B" Beer, Wine & Liquor Alcoholic Beverage License No. B-131 from Judith Davis, T/A Trendz, 1183 East Pulaski Highway, Elkton, MD 21921

 

Sarah Davis appeared before the Board with Brian Davis; Mr. Wilson read the public notice which appeared on dates of February 10 and February 17.  Both were duly sworn by the Clerk. The fully executed application packet with proper fees included: Zoning Certificate signed by Craig Trostle, Director, Building and Zoning, Town of Elkton; signatures of 10 registered voters and property owners in District 2-2; Alcohol Awareness Training; Certification Form stating the nature of the business will be a restaurant/bar; Worker's Compensation.  Mr. Wilson asked Sara Davis if the questions that he answered as part of the application packet were true today as they were when he signed the application; Sara Davis stated yes.  Mr. Snelling asked if there were anyone present to speak for or against this license; there was no one.  With no further questions from the Board, Mr. Gerweck made a motion to approve the issuance of the Class "B" alcoholic beverage license conditioned upon the two applicants appearing at the March 31st meeting, which will not hold up the issuance of the license; Mr. Curry seconded that motion and the Board then voted unanimously to approve the issuance of the license. 

 

 

General Business

·                     Approve Minutes - Minutes from January 27, 2009 meeting approved

·                     Specials

 

Old Business

·                     Legislative Issues

v    Class "W" Winery License

 

·                     License Updates

v    Anchorage Enterprises - A-9

Chief Bradford closed them down for selling without a license

 

v    Country Market - B-92

Will need to be open by April 1st - to meet the 30 day requirement

 

v    Little Orkie's - B-103

Will need to be open by April 1st - to meet the 30 day requirement

 

v    Pickled Herring - B-102

Selling alcohol on Sunday without Sunday Sales license and without Occupancy Permit

 

v    Rendezvous - B-41

Continue to receive calls regarding underage sales

 

New Business

·                     Request for Extension

v    Schaefer's Canal House - B-36

Legally unable to give any additional extensions

 

v    Hilltop Inn - B-10

Receiving complaints regarding noise

 

·                     Legislation

v    HB-866 - Provide local jurisdiction ability to withhold license if local taxes are due

 

With no further business to discuss the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

BY:                                                                                         

Tim Snelling, Chairperson

ATTEST:

                                                                                           

Robin S. Coyle, Administrative Assistant