Five Windsor businesses caught selling liquor to a minor
December 7, 2013
Five Windsor businesses were caught serving alcohol to a minor during compliance checks coordinated by the Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division and the Windsor Police Department.
The five businesses include: Loaf and Jug, 1201 Main St.; Pizza Hut, 100 12th St.; American Legion, 624 Ash St.; Corner Liquors, 117 N. 6th St.; and Guadalajara Family Restaurant, 1281 Main St.
The businesses were caught through an Oct. 17 compliance check, according to Windsor Town Attorney Ian McCargar.
"Sometimes, and often times, these are done at the state level and we don't have our personnel involved, but in this case we did have Windsor P.D. involved," McCargar said.
He said the town's liquor code gives businesses the opportunity to have a hearing with attorney Teresa Ablao, Windsor's designated liquor license authority, who was appointed by the town board earlier this year.
All five businesses instead chose a negotiated disposition, where they admitted to serving an underage person with alcohol and agreed to a seven-day suspension of their liquor license, McCargar said.
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Two days of the suspension were imposed, meaning the businesses were prohibited from serving liquor, but the other five days were held in abeyance, meaning they don't have to be served if they stay in compliance, he said.
"If there is violation in the next year, then Ms. Ablao has authority, as the Windsor licensing authority, to bring those five days back and impose them, in addition to any penalty that might be handed down for that next violation," McCargar said.
As Windsor's designated liquor license authority, Ablao handles the approval of new licenses, renewals, transfers, location changes and "the full spectrum of liquor licensing authority under state law" for the town, McCargar said. She holds monthly public meetings for applications that come before her, he said.
The Windsor Town Board discussed changing the local liquor licensing authority over the course of the first six months of this year, discussing the subject at a number of work sessions, McCargar said.
"It allowed them to know comfortably that the liquor code would be enforced uniformly and without any translation issues between the lawyer to the board and the board," he said.
Though he said the violations happen "from time to time," they are infrequent.
"It is rare that town of Windsor actually fires up and calls in licensees on violations, because most are in compliance," McCargar said. "We really don't have many problems."