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Businesses agree to suspension

Failed alcohol checks mean liquor licenses held for one day

— Three Steamboat Springs businesses have agreed to have their liquor licenses suspended for one day as a result of selling alcohol to a minor.

Arctic Liquors, City Market and Rex’s American Bar and Grill each failed a routine police compliance check in January.

The Steamboat Springs City Council, which is the city’s Liquor License Authority, will meet at noon today in Centennial Hall to make the suspensions official.

City Clerk Julie Jordan said the businesses all will receive a five-day liquor license suspension, with four days held in abeyance and one day served as part of an agreement reached with city officials.

If an establishment fails another compliance check within a year of its first violation, its liquor license will be suspended for the four days held in abeyance, in addition to any new punishment.

City staff, which includes Jordan, police Capt. Joel Rae and Assistant City Attorney Dan Foote, made the plea offers to the business owners after reviewing the preventative measures each business had in place or has since instituted to ensure servers and clerks are checking patrons for identification before selling them alcohol.

“We’re looking at the preventative measures rather than just the punitive,” she said.

Rex’s American Bar and Grill has hired a private company to conduct internal alcohol compliance checks, Arctic Liquors has invited two Steamboat Springs police officers to an employee meeting to talk about checking identification and City Market clerks now are required to be alcohol server trained, Jordan said.

“It’s great to see our entire community coming together to work on these issues,” she said.

Also on today’s agenda is the staff’s recommendation to give Mambo Italiano a warning for allegedly allowing a bar employee to consume alcohol after 2 a.m., and to move forward with a probable cause hearing for an alleged violation that occurred at Jade Summit and Pirate’s Pub in February.

According to police reports, Kevin Nerney, who owns Jade Summit, allegedly touched a female patron inappropriately.

The council postponed scheduling a show-cause hearing in the case in March to give Nerney and his attorney, Kris Hammond, time to make progress on a criminal case involving the same incident. The criminal case is scheduled for trial in Routt County Court in June.

“We really do feel as if these are two different matters,” Jordan said. “One is a criminal case, and the other is an administrative case. We were caught a little off guard last time when (Hammond) asked for the (administrative) hearing to be postponed.”

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