Hotchkiss trustees voted at the Jan. 14 council meeting to approve two liquor license renewal applications.
The license for Pat's Bar & Grill, 140 N. Bridge Street, was recently suspended by the state liquor licensing board for two incidences of serving after hours. The suspension runs Jan. 10-21, and was originally for 22 days, but will be abated as long as there are no further violations, said town attorney Bo Nerlin.
According to owner Patricia Medina, the business has taken corrective actions, including installing security cameras inside and on the patio, which are checked every day. In addition, the restaurant/bar's entire staff has been retrained. To correct a time discrepancy, all of the clocks were set ahead and synchronized.
Medina, who purchased the establishment, formerly the North Fork Valley Restaurant, about a year ago, told council she is working closely with the state liquor enforcement division to ensure all laws are followed.
Town marshal Dan Miller called the infraction a "hiccup the first year of starting the business," and that no other problems with the business have been reported. Miller said he's confident the owners will have no further issues.
That Medina appeared before council is appreciated, said Mayor Wendell Koontz, who recommended approval of the application. Council members voted in favor of the renewal, with Larry Jakubiak, the establishment's former owner, abstaining.
The Creamery's special events liquor license was approved conditional on receiving additional information. Jakubiak also abstained on the vote.
Also at the meeting, per state statue, council adopted Resolution 2016-01, declaring the Delta County Independent as the town's paper of record.
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.