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.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.