Newcomb fined for not notifying itself of intent to sell alcohol

NEWCOMB - Town officials learned last week that they are being fined for not waiting for comments from themselves on a permit to sell beer and wine at the town-owned High Peaks Golf Club.

According to State Liquor Authority Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control law, a alcoholic sales permit holder must notify the municipality of its intent to sell alcohol and wait for a 30-day comment period before refiling for the permit.

"The licensee failed to send notification of the renewal by certified mail, 30 days before the application was filed, to the municipality where the licensed premises is located," the violation notice from the SLA states.

Since the town was the licensee and also the property owner, officials waived their comment period. And to make sure the town was compliant, Canon sent himself a notification letter by mail, he said.

"The law should be changed so that if a municipality is both the notifier and the notified maybe the 30 day requirement is moot," Canon said. "I'm still not sure why the town clerk waiver of the 30 days did not negate the violation."

After negotiations with the SLA, the fine was reduced from $1,000 to $500.

The fine was paid April 2.

Canon said that the town was under a time-crunch, as the permit renewal was received only days before the March 24 course opening.

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