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, July 25, 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
Chairman Snelling opened the meeting and welcomed the new Board member, John Eller and wished him well. He stated he would like to publicly thank Bill Gerweck for all of his work. "Bill did a good job and I will miss him."
CHANGE OF MODE OF OPERATION
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 - Rescheduled
James William Kuhn and Elizabeth Rose Kuhn; Bainbridge Grill, Inc., Licensees, Richard Barushka, R&R Catering, Inc., Lease Manager, T/A Probst German Restaurant, 1195 Tome Highway, Port Deposit, Maryland 21904
Richard Barushka appeared before the Board to request off-premises sales. Mr. Barushka stated they specialize in German food and would like to be able to provide German beer and wine to their customers, in the past they have worked with package goods stores in the area, but has been unsuccessful in doing this at this establishment. Chairman Snelling asked if there was anyone in opposition of this establishment having off-premises sales; no one was present to contest the off-premises sales. With no further questions or comments, Commissioner Taylor made a motion to approve the change of operation to include off-premises sales of alcoholic beverages; Commissioner Eller seconded that motion and the Board then voted unanimously to approve the change of mode of operation to include off-premises sales of alcoholic beverages.
Dorothy Walker; Owner, DWPC, LLC, Wesley Walker, Operating Manager; T/A Pub On Main, 126 E. Main Street, Elkton, MD 21921
Dorothy Walker and Wes Walker appeared before the Board. Wes stated they are remodeling, they are currently closed and they plan to reopen within eight months if not sooner. Presently they have no catering events scheduled, but they would like to keep this option open. He also stated they are trying to acquire another property and have events there and will need a few Class "C" One Day Licenses utilizing a non-profit.
Robert E. Murray, President; John W. Murray, III, Vice President; Marcella Murray; Treasurer, SLL, Inc., T/A State Line Liquors, 1610 Elkton Road, Elkton, MD 21921
Marcella Murray appeared before the Board regarding the Growler and Microbrewery issue again. Chairman Snelling stated the Board supports their idea, however at this time they do not fit under the legislation that was approved this year. Chairman Snelling asked them to gather the information and with the support of other licensees, the Board would probably be supportive of this.
WINE FESTIVAL LICENSE – 2013 & 2014
Janet Hebron, Member; Janel Griffith, Member; Dove Valley, LLC; T/A Dove Valley, 645 Harrington Road, Rising Sun, Maryland 21911
Janel Griffith appeared before the Board to meet the Board regarding the two applications she submitted and were approved in May for the Wine Festival licenses in 2013 and 2014. She stated their winery is part of the Chesapeake Wine Trail, this is a young trail and goes from Cecil County to Ocean City; Dove Valley has over 100 acres that is not connected to their winery license and they would like to have the Chesapeake Wine Trail Festival. The Board thanked her for coming in and wished her luck on the festivals.
Natalie A. Horton, T/A Joe's Grog House, 26 South Main Street, Port Deposit, MD 21904 - Postponed
The minutes from the May 2012 meeting were approved.
New Business - Chief Bradford discussed the following:
· Operation Stay Alert – it is funded by grant money; they have visited 103 establishments, 47 sold, so when they begin the compliance checks they will be visiting those 47 establishments who sold during Operation Stay Alert.
· 2 Establishments have shut down:
o Anchorage in North East –they were the licensees and vacated the premises – license expired.
o Bees Nest – the licensee is Al Bruno and the lease manager closed – the Board asked Chief Bradford to contact Al Bruno to find out what his plans were, otherwise that license will be considered expired also.
o Legislation is due to Al Wein by September 1st
· Hidden Bean – Chief Bradford stated he has had several complaints about the Hidden Bean only serving waffles and breakfast items, sandwiches at lunch and ice cream – is this enough to qualify them to have their license – the Board said to bring them in to discuss this with them.
· Drunk Monkey – Mr. Wilson stated the appeal is still pending
With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned.
Tim Snelling, Chairman
Robin S. Coyle, Administrative Assistant