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Council talks licenses with OLCC representative

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 9th, 2013

The application by a business owner for a license to sell alcohol in Cottage Grove or renew an existing license includes either a recommendation to approve or deny that license by the Cottage Grove City Council. On Monday, the Council met with a representative of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to talk about the Council’s recommendation and what it could mean for the business in question.

David Spani, an inspector with the OLCC’s Regulatory Services Division, was on hand at a special worksession prior to the Council’s Monday, July 8 meeting to answer questions about how the Council’s recommendation could affect the outcome of an application for a new or renewed liquor license. Spani works within a region of Oregon that includes most of Douglas County and has since been amended to include Cottage Grove.

About midway through the meeting, Councilor Kate Coy began a series of questions by stating that she may be the reason for the worksession:

“If anybody wants to blame somebody about why you’re here, it’s probably me,” she said, adding that she’s a new Councilor and as such is eager to learn about the OLCC’s policy regarding licensing. Coy said the Council recently received a series of applications for new or renewed licenses, adding that a recent press release from the OLCC indicated that one or more of those applications came from a business that had recently been cited for selling alcohol to a minor. She said she had a hard time recommending a renewal for such a business. Coy said that checking the ID of someone who may be underage is a “no-brainer.”

I’ve seen this happen,” Coy said. “The young person is using their own ID, he looks his age, you card him. That’s what we’re talking about. Part of me is still struggling with understanding how mistakes get made.”

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