PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
THURSDAY JULY 6, 2000
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
The Board of County Commissioners met 1:30 p.m., Chair Olson presided and Commissioners Disney and Rennels were present. Recording Clerk: Jean O'Connor.
M O T I O N
Commissioner Disney moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve the Emergency Shelter Grant Contract as submitted.
Motion carried 3 - 0.
C00-33 CONTRACT BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIOINERS AND THE STATE OF COLORADO FOR AN EMERGENCY SHELTER GRANT
LIQUOR LICENSE HEARING
ZIPPY'S LIQUOR, INC.
The Board of County Commissioners met at 1:35 p.m. with Nate Donavan, Assistant County Attorney. Chair Olson presided and Commissioners Disney and Rennels were present. Recording Clerk: Jean O'Connor.
Mr. Donavan stated that the purpose of this hearing is to consider testimony regarding the approval of a retail liquor license for Zippy's Liquor, Inc. dba Zippy's Liquor located at 125 East County Road 32, Fort Collins, CO 80525. At this time Michael A. Zapf was sworn in and submitted pictures, interior and exterior; a petition; vicinity map showing the petitioned area; and a statement from American Eagle regarding training for persons selling alcohol. Mr. Zapf stated that he plans to have an ongoing training program for all employees, which has been offered by American Eagle Distributing, the Sheriff's Department and a representative from the Colorado State Licensing Board.
Chair Olson asked if training would be available to new employees and Mr. Zapf stated that American Eagle would provide training for new employees at the first available course. At this time the hearing was opened to the public.
Ms. Melissa Kraus, owner of 287 Discount Liquor, was sworn in and inquired as to those petitioned, what percent were adults. Ms. Kraus did not feel the applicant had adequately demonstrated a need for another retail liquor store and requested the Board deny the application.
Ms. Sharon Hamilton, area resident, was sworn in and submitted a petition, which she circulated in opposition of the application. Ms. Hamilton also noted that when the applicants' petition was presented at her home, she was not given a chance to oppose the establishment and that the petition had been presented in such a way, that only those in favor need provide a signature. Ms. Hamilton was also concerned with the amount of traffic such an establishment would add to local roads. Commissioner Disney noted that the petition submitted by the applicant contained several signatures in opposition of the establishment. Commissioner Disney also stated that during the public hearing process for the commercial building, a traffic report was submitted and approved.
Mr. Phil Pringle, President of the Fort Collins Licensed Beverage Association and owner of Pringles Fine Wine and Spirits, was sworn in and stated that his concerns were of a business/marketing nature in that there are currently 45 stores in the area, and in his opinion another is not necessary and recommended the application be denied. Mr. Donavan asked what area encompasses the 45 establishments and Mr. Pringle stated LaPorte, Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, etc. Commissioner Disney asked if competitors had opposed Pringles Fine Wine and Spirits, did Mr. Pringle believe that license should have been denied and should government deny the application or should the market determine success/failure. Mr. Pringle stated that the issue was complex and he did not have an answer; however, Mr. Pringle agrees with the previous statement that the "needs of the neighborhood" had not been met.
Commissioner Disney asked Ms. O'Connor the meaning of the Liquor Code Regulation 47-301.2 regarding "ratio". Ms. O'Connor stated that she is unaware of a pre-determined ratio and that "reasonable" is determined at the discretion of the Board.
Mr. Zapf rebutted that he agrees with the concerns over the number of retail liquor stores, but the most recently approved licenses have been in the areas that are growing the fastest. Mr. Zapf believes the size of his proposed store will successfully service the area.
Much discussion ensued regarding the manner in which the petition was circulated.
M O T I O N
Commissioner Rennels moved that the Board of County Commissioners approve a Retail Liquor Store License for Zippy's Liquor, Inc. dba Zippy's Liquor located at 125 East County Road 32, Fort Collins, CO 80525 and authorize the Chair to sign the license upon receipt.
Motion carried 3 - 0.
CHERYL OLSON, CHAIR LARIMER
COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
LARIMER COUNTY CLERK AND RECORDER
(S E A L)
A T T E S T
Jean O'Connor, Deputy Clerk to the Board