Five Businesses Penalized by Board of Selectmen
The Auburn Police Department will be conducting underage compliance checks of all outlets that are licensed to sell alcohol within the Town of Auburn between now and the end of the year.
According to Sgt. Richard Mills a minor will be sent into each Auburn outlet with only money to purchase a specific alcoholic item; no identification. Authorities are looking for the outlets’ compliance in requesting appropriate identification from parties attempting to purchase alcohol.
Compliance checks were recently conducted on September 16 and 17. The checks were conducted at the direction of Chief Andrew Sluckis Jr. and using grant money obtained from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Highway Safety Division. Five local businesses were found serving alcohol to the minor without checking for proper identification.
The hearings for the last round of checks conducted on September 16 and 17) were held at Monday’s Selectmen’s meeting:
- Route 20 Shell, 310 Washington Street, was assessed a one day penalty to be served on November 3, 2014
- Major League Roast Beef, 503 Washington Street, will serve their one day suspension on the same day.
- 99 Restaurant, 793 Washington Street, will serve a one day penalty also on November 3, 2014.
- Century Sportsmen’s Club, which is a private club at 531 Rochdale Street, will be suspended on November 5, 2014 as they only have regular meetings on Wednesdays.
All of these outlets were found to be in violation for the first time.
The last outlet, Auburn Package Store at 196 Auburn Street, was in front of the Board for the second time in a year. They will have their license suspended for two consecutive days, on Friday and Saturday November 7 and 8.
The outlets are required to conspicuously post that they are closed because they violated the conditions of their license.
The BOS has a very strict policies in place for these types of licensing issues, and they have very little leeway in their decision to assess penalties. The word shall appears more than once in the rules that they promulgated to follow in these types of situations. According to Sgt. Mills, “We [APD] will continue to work with the Board of Selectmen to ensure that all of our licensees are living up to all of the requirements of their respective licenses.”
He continued, “We know that there is very little we can do to curb the demand side of the equation for our young people, but we will do everything we can to ensure that the supply side is kept honest by making them aware of the ramifications of sales to underage individuals.”
So let this serve as another warning to the licensed alcohol-serving establishments in Auburn; Check everyone’s ID. Everyone. This would be a very, very simple solution.