KOSCIUSKO — The Kosciusko County Alcoholic Beverage Commission held its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 3. There were 10 renewals granted, alongside five renewals with violations, two new licenses and one transfer of ownership.
Attorney Randy Morgan attended the meeting to speak on behalf of Wings Etc. concerning two violations and a license renewal. Wings Etc. had received two notices of violation April 30, for inadequate “no smoking” signage on their establishment and for selling alcohol to an intoxicated person.
“We have not received anything about the violation from the ATC in Indianapolis,” Morgan said when asked why an attorney was hired to cover the meeting. “Its a precaution, because no fines have been issued and we haven’t heard anything about it since.” Wings Etc.’s permit was set to expire tomorrow but an extension was received and a new license was approved.
Representatives from Stonehenge Country Club appeared before the commission to request a renewal with one violation. General managers Sandy Fruitt and Billy Hutchinson spoke of an incident in April, 2014. “We had a new girl, and she served a minor alcohol,” Fruitt said. “We think she assumed because they were in the basement, they were over 21.” The server has since been removed from her position. Two fines were placed, one being for $500 on the establishment while the server had to pay $250.
Jamie Wright, owner of Warsaw Bowl, appeared before the council to request a renewal with violations for having the wrong smoking signage, not having house rules posted and because ABC inspectors could not inspect her office. Wright had left her office locked for the night, but every part of the property needs to be inspected and they could not get into her office. “I lived 35 minutes away,” Wright said. “I just didn’t have time to get back to the office before they left.” Warsaw Bowl was fined a total of $300 and given instructions on how to prevent further complications. The commission approved her license renewal.
Barb Hamer, owner, and Michelle Farkas, manager, Pie Eye’d Petey’s, appeared before the commission to request a renewal with a violation of not having house rules posted. They paid their $100 fine and the request was approved.
Cathy Carter, owner of Service Liquors East, appeared with a renewal request with a violation. “We had a break-in,” Carter said, “and we forgot to replace the no smoking sign. We got a warning from the officer and put one up, but then forgot to add ‘within eight feet’ and were fined.” They were fined $50 and the renewal was approved.
Each of the following renewals were approved with a single motion with no violations: Shopco Hometown, Syrause; Mini-Mart, Oswego; American Legion #223, Syracuse; American Legion #49, Warsaw; BPO Elks, Warsaw; Fraternal Order of Eagles, Syracuse; Timeout Inn, Warsaw; El Arriero, Warsaw; The Keg, Warsaw.
M the Market, Syracuse, and Lightrail, Winona Lake, both received new retail restaurant licenses.
Eagle Creek Farms Market, Winona Lake, received a retail license to sell beer and wine.
The next meeting of the ABC will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7.