For the first time, since the City of Branson enacted its liquor ordinance in 2008, the Board of Alderman will act in a Quasi-Judicial role.
A hearing is scheduled on January 8th at 7 p.m. during the city council meeting at City Hall. Aldermen will hear witness statements and draw a conclusion from evidence presented to determine the fate of a local business, which reportedly got caught selling alcohol to minors.
Liquor Control Specialist, Carl Garret, will make a recommendation to the board for violations against the business. Garret says, businesses that violate the ordinance get opportunities to correct their mistakes, but on the third offence, they can lose their liquor license:
According to the affidavit, the business has received a letter of warning in December 2010, April 2012, and November 2012. The three incidents involved three clerks, who pleaded guilty and were either fined $173.50 plus court cost or served two days in jail.
Garrett says anyone who sells alcohol here in Branson, is required to attend an hour and a half class at City Hall that teaches them to not sell alcohol to minors or intoxicated persons. Every clerk is then required to take a refresher course every two years.