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Liquor Control Board - February 16, 2022 Minutes

February 16, 2022 1:30 P.M.

Present: Commissioner Piepkorn, Kay Schwarzwalter, Lydia Tackett, Robert Nelson
Absent: John Stibbe
Others Present: Police Chief David Zibolski, City Auditor Sprague, City Attorney Nancy Morris, Rick Carik, Rick’s; Dustin Mitzel, Happy Harry’s; Niki Knight, United States Axe; Preston Nesemeier, FCPH; Will Wisher, Asst. City Attorney and other interested parties.

Meeting was called to order at 1:30 P.M.

1. Commissioner Piepkorn called the meeting to order and asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes of January 20, 2022. Moved by Schwarzwalter, seconded by Tackett to approve the minutes of January 20, 2022 of the Liquor Control Board all voted in favor, motion passed unanimously.

2. A. Application to issue a Class GH alcoholic beverage license to United States Axe LLC d/b/a United States Axe to be located at 4265 45th Street South, Suite 147.

Nelson questioned if an axe was considered a weapon the thereby prohibited under NDCC or if it is considered a part of a game. Morris indicated she would review but thought it was not considered a weapon.

Moved by Tackett, seconded by Nelson to approve the issuance of the class GH alcoholic beverage license to United States Axe. Motion passed unanimously.

3. Chief Zibolski discussed the monthly reports. Chief asked if there were any questions on the general monthly reports. Tackett indicated her concern with the number of calls at the Windbreak. Chief responded over intoxication is a theme, he has tried to meet with the owners, but they are not cooperating. Schwarzwalter asked how we address the practice of overserving then kicking the intoxicated person out of the bar. Piepkorn commented we try to work with the businesses but might need to change our policies if public safety is compromised. We need to increase compliance. Nelson asked if officers check capacity, sometimes the bars are so busy they can’t control what is happening. Chief replied the capacity is set by Fire, officers have observed crowded facilities. Schwarzwalter asked about citations for minors consuming or entering a liquor facility. Chief commented the minors are cited when caught. Piepkorn said the legislature reduced the penalty for minors consuming. Chief commented they are seeing success with scanners stopping minors. Underage appear to be going where the businesses where they are not checking IDs. There are many tools available for businesses that choose to use them. Schwarzwalter asked if all licensees renewed their State license, Chief indicated they had.
There being no further business to come before the Liquor Control Board, the meeting was adjourned at 1:42 p.m.