Sept. 25, 2006

Baseball club fined for alcohol sale violation

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

A sometimes tense discussion took place Tuesday evening at the Delano City Council meeting after members of the Delano Athletic Association appeared before the council regarding a failed alcohol compliance check July 12 during a home baseball game.

“We want to apologize,” commented association representative Jack Lynch. “It’s not our goal to sell to any juveniles.”

Lynch said that his servers at baseball games are volunteers, and are all instructed to check identification prior to serving any alcohol. He added that there is no excuse that the club can give for failing the compliance check, just that “a mistake was made.”

Council Member Mary Emery felt that it was not a mistake, and that there was no excuse for serving alcohol to an underage person.

“It wouldn’t be responsible to serve alcohol to the youth, then turn around and give it back to them,” Lynch said. “We promote sports and athletics . . . it was an honest mistake.”

Council Member Joe McDonald felt the amount of funds and volunteer time the baseball organization puts back into the community should be taken into consideration before imposing a fine.

“I think this government body has the opportunity to be lenient,” McDonald said. “I think leniency should be requested here.”

“Other places get fined $750,” commented Council Member Brad Hotchkiss. “We have to set the precedent that liquor licenses are a serious thing.”

“I look at it as though we are fining ourselves,” added Mayor Jon Steinmetz, also noting the many ways he felt the club gives back to the community.

Emery made a motion to fine the organization $750, with Hotchkiss making a second. A 3-2 vote in favor of the fine was taken, with Emery, Hotchkiss, and Council Member Holly Schrupp voting for it, and McDonald and Steinmetz voting against the fine.

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