Jake’s Liquors at Costco has an informal hearing with Gypsum Town Council on Dec. 10 for two violations of its liquor license.
At their meeting Tuesday, Gypsum Council members voted in favor of the informal hearing with lawyers rather than a formal one in which the business would have to “show cause” as to why it should be allowed to keep its license.
“Note that Jake’s Liquors is not operated by Costco,” said Gypsum Mayor Steve Carver.
The store was closed from Oct. 14 to Oct. 29 for the second violation, when it sold alcohol to an underage person June 28.
“The store had just come off a penalty from selling to a minor Nov. 12, 2012,” said Gypsum Town Clerk Danette Schlegel.
For the first violation, Jake’s Liquors had to close for five days in April and paid a $5,000 fine to the state.
“The week after the manager came in for the liquor license renewal and to explain why it wouldn’t happen again, they got another violation,” Schlegel said.
Besides the two-week closure, the store paid a larger, undisclosed fine to the state and could face more fines from the town after the December meeting.
“The town will want to hear what steps they’re implementing to ensure this doesn’t happen again,” Schlegel said.
If the council isn’t satisfied with the results of the informal hearing they will still have the option to proceed into a show-cause hearing.
Digging starts on LEDE
On Tuesday, Gypsum Council members also accepted a $2.6 million bid from Hobbs Excavating for the expansion of LEDE Reservoir.
“This has been a long process to get to this point,” said Gypsum Town Manager Jeff Shroll. “We’ve spent $1.3 million to date and waited three years to get all the permitting.”
The reservoir will be expanded from 431 acre-feet of water capacity to 947 acre-feet. An acre foot is the volume of water to cover an acre with a foot of water.
Hobbs plans to start work as soon as possible this fall, with most of the work being finished next year.
In other action, Gypsum Council members approved the first reading of the 2014 budget, which includes the first of three annual contributions totaling $200,000 to the Castle Peak Senior Care Center being built in Eagle. Council members Beric Christiansen and Gary Lebo voted against the contribution, which passed 5-2.