Loudon's liquor dilemma: Loudon City Council set to sort through liquor license applicants
Vicky Newman News Herald
Six applications, Four proposed locations, Five criteria for rating applications, Dozens of unresolved issues.
After four months of work, numbers crunching time has arrived for the Loudon City Council, but the task to select liquor license applicants for awarding Certificates of Compliance is not getting easier.
Acceptance of liquor license applications closed Thursday, March 5. Lynn Mills, city manager, said council members are charged with evaluating applications by Friday, March 13, if they are to award two certificates of compliance at the March 16 meeting, as planned.
Recommended evaluation forms were distributed to the Council during Monday’s workshop meeting.
Mills said council
members could complete the evaluation forms for each application
at their leisure.
Applicants and the proposed liquor store sites include:
• James Purdy, 403 Grove Street;
• Ed Bell, Highway 72, Centre 75 parcel 105.1;
• Johnny James, Highway 72, Centre 75 parcel 105.1;
• Manjula Bhalodia, 1562, Highway 72 N.;
• Mark Matlock, 15000 Highway 72 N.;
• Shetal Patel,
1562 Highway 72 N.
Mills had been
given the task of reviewing applications initially to ensure
they met the requirements. Council members had planned to take
only those that met all requirements and evaluate them based on
a ranking system. Mills said that while all the applications met
major requirements, none were perfect.
“Each of the six applications has some deficiency,” Mills said. “None fit every detail of the requirements; they all had deficiencies in one area or another. It is up to council to decide if they are worthy or should be thrown out. Some of it is just paperwork interpretation, like what is your definition of an income statement. Some folks run personal businesses and have no income statement. Personal income is different from a business.”