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City to simplify special event liquor licenses

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An ordinance is being drafted that would allow the Delta city clerk to handle most liquor license renewals, transfers of ownership and special event liquor requests without city council approval. As long as the applicant has had no liquor violations, and has the endorsement of the Delta Police Department, those routine matters will no longer require a hearing before city council.

Nonprofit organizations seeking special event liquor licenses will save the expense of the state fee, as well as the time needed to process those applications.

During a discussion of the matter Jan. 5, it was noted the Colorado Revised Statutes grant local licensing authorities the ability to approve liquor renewals and transfers of ownership without a hearing. The statutes also give the city the option to assume exclusive control over and responsibility for the issuance of special event permits within its jurisdiction.

"Allowing for administrative approval will streamline and make more efficient the procedures by which the city reviews and approves applications," city clerk Jolene Nelson noted in a memo to city council. "The savings for the applicant on special events permits will be $25 per day on the requested permit. There is no cost savings for the applicant on renewals or transfer of ownership."

An amendment to the municipal code must be approved by city council prior to implementation of the expedited process.

New liquor licenses will still require a hearing, and any applications generating concern would also be brought to council.

Councilmembers also considered a "consent agenda" which could theoretically save some time, but council meetings are generally not long enough to require that step at this time.

"I always tell my other clients how efficient Delta is," said city attorney David McConaughy.

In other business, the Delta City Council ratified the employment contract for city manager David Torgler. His first day on the job will be Monday, Jan. 25.

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