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 Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 9:15 A.M.
PRESENT: Tim Snelling, Chairman
Carrie L. Taylor, Commissioner
John M. Eller, Commissioner
H. Norman Wilson, Jr., Esquire
Earl R. Bradford, Chief Alcohol Beverage Inspector
Robin Coyle, Administrative Assistant
CHANGE OF MODE OF OPERATION AND CHANGE OF OFFICERS
Dwight E. Thomey, Resident Agent; John Sanchez, Vice President of Operations; Marc DeLeo, Director of Marketing; Penn Cecil Maryland, Inc., T/A Hollywood Casino, 1201 Chesapeake Overlook Parkway, Perryville, MD 21903 – EF-1
Dwight Thomey appeared before the Board with Frederick Bohn, Director of Food & Beverage and Christopher Bruno, Director of Finance; Mr. Thomey stated John Sanchez and Mark DeLeo have been transferred and introduced the new licensees. He also apologized for missing last month's meeting. He stated the opening of the new buffet area is complete and open; he thanked the Board for their understanding and help in the transition. Chairman Snelling asked if the tent was down at this point; Mr. Thomey stated yes. With no further questions from the Board, Commissioner Taylor made a motion to approve the Change of Officers, adding Bohn and Bruno and taking off Sanchez and DeLeo; Commissioner Eller seconded that motion and the Board then voted unanimously to approve the Change of Officers.
Application received from Chris Polizzi, Robert Charles Carlozzi, IZZ, LLC, T/A Hurricane Grill & Wings, 801 East Pulaski Highway, Suite 181, Village at Elkton, Elkton, MD 21921 for issuance of a new Beer, Wine & Liquor Alcoholic Beverage License
Chris Polizzi and Robert Carlozzi appeared before the Board; the applicants were duly sworn by the Clerk. Mr. Wilson read the public notice which appeared on dates of Wednesday, August 15 and 22, 2012. The fully executed application packet with proper fees included: signatures of 10 registered voters and property owners in District 3-1; Alcohol Awareness Training showing they would take first available class; Certification Form stating the nature of the business will be casual dining restaurant in the Village @ Elkton Suite 181 with both indoor and outdoor seating; Mr. Wilson asked each applicant if the information submitted on the application is true today as when they signed it July 19, 2012, the applicants stated yes. Chairman Snelling asked if they will be having music; Mr. Polizzi said probably music a couple of nights a week, they will be closed by 10 PM each night. Mr. Carlozzi stated the marketing plan calls for a family oriented environment and they will keep it that, no loud music, etc.
UPDATEDeidre Garoutte – Cecil County Food & Wine Event
Deidre Garoutte appeared before the Board; she thanked the Board for working with them. They were very happy with the turnout; there was about 1100 in attendance, they tripled the wine tasting and had about 16 wineries participate. There were no incidents; they had officers from Perryville Police Department as there was a conflict in scheduling with North East; there were also county and state officers there as well. She stated everyone was wristbanded.
Patricia Vargas, T/A The Hidden Bean, 8 South Main Street, Port Deposit, MD 21904 – B-149
Patricia Vargas and Kevin Morgan appeared before the Board; Chief Bradford stated they had begun getting complaints at the beginning of June; there was an issue regarding the food that was offered; one of our inspectors visited the establishment, asked for a menu and was told there were none. Mr. Morgan stated nothing has changed, they sell food, have always sold food, the menu shows 30-40% of the food sold. He stated the server that the inspector spoke to is no longer with them. He stated they know where the complaints are coming. He stated they offer a high end ice cream type product which is like gelato. Chairman Snelling asked about their Sunday Sales; Mr. Morgan stated they meet the criteria for Sunday Sales. With no further questions, Commissioners Taylor and Eller agreed they have no problem with the way the business is being run.
VIOLATIONS – SALES TO UNDERAGE
Viral Patel, President; Melissa Nagy, Resident Agent, Vansh & Dhanik, Inc. T/A Conowingo Discount Liquors, 311 Conowingo Road, Conowingo, MD 21918 – A-27
Viral Patel appeared before the Board; Mr. Patel and Chief Bradford were duly sworn by the Clerk. Chief Bradford explained Operation Stay Alert (OSA) and Compliance Checks for the record; he stated they visited 103 establishments, 38 of those failed to card and were visited during the compliance check. He states during the speech after OSA he warns the establishment they will be back for the compliance check. Chief Bradford then read his report into the record, stated they visited the store on 6/28/2012 for Operation Stay Alert and again on 7/26/2012 for the compliance check. Mr. Patel stated he hopes it doesn't happen again; they ask everyone for an ID now. Commissioner Eller asked if they were busy; Mr. Patel stated no; Commissioner Eller said you had to know it's a big deal. Chairman Snelling asked what steps they have taken to ensure this doesn't happen again; Mr. Patel stated they ask everyone for an ID now. Mr. Wilson asked how long they have been open; Mr. Patel answered two months. Mr. Wilson then asked if Mr. Patel was working; Mr. Patel replied both times. With no further questions or comments, Chairman Snelling warned Mr. Patel that this Board takes this very seriously and said the Board will make their decision and he will receive a certified letter in the mail with their decision.
BOARD'S DECISION: Guilty- $250 Fine and $250 costs of the proceedings fee.
A. Chad Johnston, Member; Karnail Singh, Member; USA Liquors, LLC T/A Johnston's Discount Liquors, 1170 Rock Springs Road, Rising Sun, MD 21911 – A-34
The licensee did not appear for the violation hearing; Chief Bradford hand delivered the letter to the establishment after it was returned to the Liquor Board office; Mr. Eller asked what the attitude was when he hand delivered the letter, Chief Bradford stated nonchalant. Chief Bradford was sworn by the Clerk; he then read his report into the record, stating they visited the establishment on 6/28/2012 for OSA and again on 7/26/2012 for the Compliance Check. Chairman Snelling stated the Board would discuss that the licensee did not appear and make its decision and send a certified letter to the establishment.
BOARD'S DECISION: Guilty- $500 Fine and $250 cost of the proceedings fee, they must pay this within 10 days or the license will be suspended and Chief Bradford will pick up the license until they appear before the Board
Mukesh V. Manekporia, President; Laxmi, Ltd. T/A Stop & Shop, 372 Conowingo Road, Conowingo, MD 21918 – B-84
Mukesh Manekporia appeared before the Board; the licensee and Chief Bradford were duly sworn by the Clerk. It was agreed they would continue on a statement of facts; Chief Bradford read his report into the record, stating they visited the establishment on 6/28/2012 for OSA and again on 7/27/2012 for the Compliance Check. Mr. Manekporia apologized to the Board and stated there had been an issue with his address being wrong and had not received his order from one of the distributors and was still very upset about this when they came in for the Compliance Check; he stated he has been in business for 12 years and this is his first violation. Chairman Snelling asked if he was current in alcoholic awareness; he stated yes. With no further questions or comments, Chairman Snelling warned Mr. Patel that this Board takes this very seriously and said the Board will make their decision and he will receive a certified letter in the mail with their decision.
BOARD'S DECISION: Guilty- $250 Fine and waive the costs of the proceedings fee.
· Approve Minutes
The minutes from the July 2012 meeting were approved.
· Catering Events
· Drunk Monkey – Mr. Wilson stated the Drunk Monkey case was heard in Circuit Court; he and attorney Jason Allison presented the case; the Judge upheld the Board's decision. Mr. Wilson also stated the judge found the licensee does hold some responsibility for the parking lot and what happens in that area.
· Legislation – The Board agreed they would submit the legislation to the county Commissioners to cover the beer growlers.
· Letter from Delegate Smigiel – Chief Bradford gave the Board a copy of the letter received from Delegate Smigiel regarding the letter from Robert Jones that received a few months ago.
With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned.
Tim Snelling, Chairman
Robin S. Coyle, Administrative Assistant