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May 30, 2012

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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 Wednesday, May 29, 2012 at 9:15 A.M.

PRESENT:
        William Gerweck, Commissioner

Carrie L. Taylor, Commissioner

                        H. Norman Wilson, Jr., Esquire

                        Earl R. Bradford, Chief Alcohol Beverage Inspector

Chairman Tim Snelling was excused; Commissioner Gerweck was Acting Chairman, he announced that Chairman Snelling was unable to attend and if there was anyone who wished to have a full Board they would need to reschedule. 

 

LICENSE APPLICATIONS – NEW AND TRANSFER
TRANSFER LICENSE APPLICATIONApplication received from Bryan W. McDonaugh, John Rinkers, Edward Trainer, 200 West Cherry Street, LLC, T/A Nauti-Goose, 200 West Cherry Street, North East, MD 21901 for transfer of Class "B" Beer, Wine & Liquor Alcoholic Beverage License No. B-61 from John Rinkers; Anthony Harvey; Edward Trainer; Wilgro Holding, LLC, T/A Nauti-Goose, 200 Cherry Street, North East, MD 21901

Bryan W. McDonaugh and John Rinkers appeared before the Board; the applicant was duly sworn by the Clerk.  Mr. Wilson read the public notice which appeared on dates of Wednesday, May 16 and 23, 2012.  The fully executed application packet with proper fees included: signatures of 10 registered voters and property owners in District 5-4; Alcohol Awareness Training showing no one was certified; Certification Form stating the nature of the business will be same as it was conducting business; Worker's Compensation form stating self-employed.  Mr. Wilson asked each applicant if the information submitted on the application is true today as when they signed it May 25, 2012, the applicant stated yes.  Commissioner Gerweck asked if they were going to change the way they do business; Mr. McDonaugh stated no.  Ms. Coyle stated the Town of North East has restricted them to on-premises sales only.  With no further questions or comments, Commissioner Taylor made a motion to approve the issuance of the license; Commissioner Gerweck seconded that motion and the Board then voted unanimously to approve the application for the transfer of the license.

Application received from Viral Patel, President; Melissa Nagy, Resident Agent; Vansh & Dhanik, Inc., T/A Conowingo Discount Liquors, 311 Conowingo Road, Conowingo, MD 21918 for transfer of Class "A" Beer, Wine & Liquor Alcoholic Beverage License No. A-27 from Youn Shik Kim; Heidi J. Bazar; Fine Liquor, Inc. T/A Conowingo Discount Liquors, 303 Conowingo Road, Conowingo, MD 21918

Viral Patel and Melissa Nagy appeared before the Board with attorney Frank Shaulis; the applicants were duly sworn by the Clerk.  Mr. Wilson read the public notice which appeared on dates of Wednesday, May 16 and 23, 2012.  The fully executed application packet with proper fees included: Zoning certificate signed by Curtis McCardell, Code Compliance Inspector, Cecil County Office of Planning & Zoning; signatures of 10 registered voters and property owners in District 8-1; Alcohol Awareness Training; Certification Form stating the nature of the business will be package goods store; Worker's Compensation form stating they will supply at a later date.  Commissioner Gerweck asked if anyone was alcohol awareness trained; Mr. Patel stated yes, he is.  Commissioner Gerweck asked if Ms. Nagy would be involved in the day to day business, she stated no, she is just the resident agent.  Mr. Wilson asked each applicant if the information submitted on the application is true today as when they signed it on April 18, 2012, the applicants stated yes.  Commissioner Gerweck asked if they were going to change the way they do business; Mr. Patel stated no.  With no further questions or comments, Commissioner Taylor made a motion to approve the issuance of the license; Commissioner Gerweck seconded that motion and the Board then voted unanimously to approve the application for the transfer of the license.

 

NEW LICENSE APPLICATION

Application received from Hudson Benson, Karen Aspinwall, Benson Restaurants, LLC, T/A Port House Grill, 15 North Main Street, North East, MD 21901 for issuance of a new Class "B" Beer & Light Wine Alcoholic Beverage License.

Hudson Benson and Karen Aspinwall appeared before the Board; the applicants were duly sworn by the Clerk.  Mr. Wilson read the public notice which appeared on dates of Wednesday, May 16 and 23, 2012.  The fully executed application packet with proper fees included: Zoning certificate signed by Betsy Vennell, Director of Planning, Town of North East; signatures of 10 registered voters and property owners in District 5-4; Alcohol Awareness Training; Certification Form stating the nature of the business will be 2300 square foot restaurant and front porch; Worker's Compensation form stating they will supply at a later date.  Mr. Wilson asked each applicant if the information submitted on the application is true today as when they signed it on April 30, 2012, the applicants stated yes.  Commissioner Gerweck asked who will be running the restaurant; Mr. Benson stated he will with his wife and son.  Commissioner Gerweck asked if he ever held a license; Mr. Benson stated no.  Commissioner Gerweck then asked what their plans were; Mr. Benson stated he is planning to have grilled chicken, steak, salads, he stated the town has restricting the picnic tables in the back, however they have included the front porch, he will have a maximum of 24 seats.  He added they're a couple of weeks from completion.  Commissioner Gerweck asked about alcohol awareness; Mr. Benson stated he is scheduled for the next class.  With no further questions or comments, Commissioner Taylor made a motion to approve the issuance of the license; Commissioner Gerweck seconded that motion and the Board then voted unanimously to approve the application for the issuance of the license.

 

ADDITIONAL REQUESTS:

REQUEST FOR EXTENSIONSchaefer's Restaurant – Commissioner Taylor made a motion to approve the request for a 60-day extension; Commissioner Gerweck seconded that motion and the Board then voted unanimously to approve the request for 60-day extension of issuing the license.

 

OUTDOOR SALES – B-27Walter Funk, Director; Stephen D. Ewing, Sr., Director; Jeffrey S. Kennard, Director, The Community Fire Co. of Rising Sun, Inc., T/A Rising Sun Banquet Hall, 300 Biggs Highway, Rising Sun, MD 21911

Walter Funk appeared before the Board to request sales of alcoholic beverages in the pavilion that they rent to groups and also two buildings on the property, as well.  He stated they have truck/car shows, as well as other events throughout the year.  Commissioner Gerweck asked about carding underage persons; Mr. Funk stated they have a very strict bar manager, Sam Coale and the fire company takes this very seriously.  Commissioner Taylor made a motion to approve the sales of alcoholic beverages in the requested area with a review of this at the end of summer; Commissioner Gerweck seconded that motion and the Board then voted unanimously to approve the request for sales in the requested areas.

 

SUNDAY SALES – D-102Michael McKinney, Irishtown Brewing Company , LLC, T/A Irishtown Brewery Company, 400 North Bridge Street, Elkton, MD 21921

Michael McKinney appeared before the Board to ask what he needed to reclassify to a Class B license.  Mr. McKinney asked if a pizza oven would suffice to meet the requirements of a Class B license.  He stated he has a kitchen, but no hood or fire suppression system.  The Board stated this would suffice for a Class B license and he would need to submit an application packet, he would have to qualify for Sunday sales as required.

 

UPGRADE OF SPACE – ON AND OFF PREMISES SALES – B-147Yan Qing Lin; Ruth Ann Maxey; Sushi House, LLC, T/A Johnny's Sushi House, 5412 Pulaski Highway, Perryville, MD 21903

Yan Qing Lin appeared before the Board with attorney, Karl Fockler.  Mr. Fockler stated the restaurant is doing extremely well and Mr. Lin would like to expand and add a 1400 square foot package goods store, as well.  He explained the town is onboard with the restaurant expansion but not the package goods store.  Mary Ann Skilling, Town Planner, Town of Perryville, stated the town is very supportive of the restaurant and its success for on-premises sales; however, the zoning regulations do not allow a package goods store, right in back of the restaurant is the middle school, Catholic school and elementary school.  Mr. Fockler requested permission to expand the restaurant at this time and will be back when they've acquired the proper documentation and zoning from the Town of Perryville.  Commissioner Taylor made a motion to approve the expansion of the restaurant; Commissioner Gerweck seconded that motion and the Board then voted unanimously to approve the request to expand the restaurant.

VIOLATION – Sales  - B-83William E. Gravlee, Managing Member, Triton Marina Services, LLC, T/A Triton Bar & Grill, 285 Plum Point Road, Elkton, MD 21921

William Gravlee appeared before the Board; Mr. Gravlee, Chief Bradford and Inspector Reynolds were duly sworn by the Clerk.  Chief Bradford read his report into the record; Commissioner Gerweck asked if Mr. Gravlee had any questions for Chief Bradford; he stated no.  Mr. Gravlee apologized for this happening; he said they have taken measure to ensure this doesn't happen again.  With no further questions or comments, Commissioner Gerweck said the Board will make their decision and he will receive a certified letter in the mail with their decision.

BOARD'S DECISION:  Guilty, however because of the circumstances they will waive a fine, though costs of the proceedings of $250 must be paid.

WINE PROMOTIONApplication received from Kevin Mooney, Board Member; Robert L. Burger, Member; Kevin Atticks, Executive Committee, Maryland Wineries Association, North East Community Park, Walnut Street, North East, MD 21901 – All applicants were duly sworn by the Clerk.  The event coordinator, Jade Ostner, explained to the Board they will be placing fencing up around the park, there will be an entrance and explained how the event will be handled.  She stated all guess will be wristbanded when their IDs are checked.  Commissioner Taylor made a motion to approve the application for the wine event; Commissioner Gerweck seconded that motion and the Board then voted unanimously to approve the wine event.

 

General Business

·                     Approve Minutes

The minutes from the April 25, 2012 meeting were approved.

·                     Catering Events

·                     Specials

o   Plumpton Park Zoo

Application received from Cheryl Lacovara, President & Zoo Director; Lowell Haines, Vice President; Steve Bollinger, Treasurer; Plumpton Park Zoological Gardens, Inc., Zoofari, 1416 Telegraph Road, Rising Sun, MD 21911 – June 30, 2012 Zoofari event - The Board voted unanimously to approve the application

Old Business

·                     Patriot's Glen Golf Course

·                     Wine Festival License

o   Port Deposit Festival

§  Class "C" Special One License Application received from Joseph A. Brown IV, Board Member; John C. Leeds, Board Member; Port Deposit Chamber of Commerce, Marina Park, Port Deposit, MD – September 8, 2012 Wine Festival - The Board voted unanimously to approve the application.

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Chief Bradford asked if the Board was going to accept the applications for 2013 and 2014; the Board stated yes.

 

o   Dove Valley Winery

§  Applications for 2013 and 2014 Wine Festival Licenses

The Board voted unanimously to approve the applications for 2013 and 2014 Wine Festival Licenses

New Business

·                     Hollywood Casino

Request to approve temporary tent through August 1, 2012 while they renovate the Epic Buffet area.

·                     Operation Stay Alert

Chief Bradford stated they have begun Operation Stay Alert program

 

BY:

                                                                                               

Carrie Taylor, Commissioner

 

ATTEST:

                                                                                               

Robin S. Coyle, Administrative Assistant