June 26 , 2013

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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, June 26, 2013 at 9:15 A.M.

        Tim Snelling, Chairman
                        Carrie L. Taylor, Commissioner
                        John Eller, Commissioner
                        H. Norman Wilson, Jr., Esquire
                        Earl R. Bradford, Chief Alcohol Beverage Inspector
                        Robin Coyle, Administrative Assistant


9:15 AM
Request for change in mode of operation. 
- Paul Trapani, The Boat Warehouse, Inc., T/A Sunset Cafe, 111 River Road, Chesapeake City, MD 21915

Paul Trapani appeared before the Board; he requested permission to serve and collect sales of alcoholic beverages outside, at picnic tables, as well as the docks; he stated to increase the point of sales areas.  Chief Bradford stated the Board usually does a 30-day trial period.  Commissioner Eller made a motion to approve the request for increase of point of sales areas with a 30-day trial period; Commissioner Taylor seconded that motion and the Board unanimously voted to approve the increase of the point of sales areas with a 30-day trial period. 

TRANSFER:Application received from A Ford Hall, Sr., General Partner; Ralph O. Hall, General Partner; J. Walter O'Neal, Resident Agent; Ralph O. Hall, LLLP, T/A The Granary Restaurant & Sassafras Grill, 100 George Street, Fredericktown, MD 21930 for transfer of Class "B" Beer, Wine & Liquor Alcoholic Beverage License from Ralph O. Hall, Operating Member; A. Ford Hall, Sr., Member; J. Walter O'Neal, Member; Georgetown Harbor Partners, LLC, T/A The Granary Restaurant and The Sassafras Grill, 100 George Street, Fredericktown, MD 21930

A. Ford Hall, Sr., Ralph Hall and David Anderson appeared before the Board; the applicants were duly sworn by the Clerk.  Mr. Wilson read the public notice which appeared on dates of Wednesday, June 14 and 19, 2013.  The fully executed application packet with proper fees included: signatures of 10 registered voters and property owners in District 1-1; Alcohol Awareness Training showing they have taken the class.  Chairman Snelling asked if the operation will be changing; Mr. Hall stated no, it will continue to be a seafood restaurant.  With no further questions, Commissioner Eller made a motion to approve the transfer; Commissioner Taylor seconded that motion and the Board voted unanimously to approve the transfer.

VIOLATIONS:  UNDERAGE SALES(Official transcript available upon request with proper payment of fees)

B-10 -
James J. Bivens, President; Mary Bivens, Vice President; Rookies, Inc., T/A Hilltop Inn, 825 Hilltop Road, Elkton, MD 21921

Mary Bivens appeared before the Board; Mrs. Bivens and Chief Bradford were duly sworn by the clerk.  Chief Bradford read his report into the record.  Mrs. Bivens stated this occurred right at shift change; they were busy with that as well as with customers.  Mr. Wilson asked how old Ms. Bowles the bartender is; Mrs. Bivens stated 52 and has worked for them for seven years; they were alcohol awareness trained about a month ago.  With no further questions, Chairman Snelling stated the Board would make a decision and notify them by certified mail.

BOARD DECISION – Guilty - waive administration fee - $250 fine.

General Business

·                    Approve Minutes

The minutes from the May meeting were approved.

·                    Catering Events

·                    Specials

Dove Valley has notified the Board that they would like to change the date of their wine festival to the first Saturday in October and keep it that date each year. 

Old Business

·                    Renewal

·                    Appeal Update

Mr. Wilson stated the judge ruled the letter for Joe's Grog House should have been signed by the 'Acting' Chairman John Eller; the letter will be signed by Commissioner Eller and resent.

New Business

With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned.



Tim Snelling, Chairman




Robin S. Coyle, Administrative Assistant