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Sunnyside mayor, council support store's liquor license application

Sun Advocate reporter

Lim Leonard, owner of the Miner's Trading Post, went before the Sunnyside council May 3 to get initial approval from the city to seek a liquor license to allow the store to sell liquor.

In the businessman's request, Leonard explained that the state requires him to get approval from the local city in order to get approved.

He told the council that the liquor store would be a specific part of the store, separated from any other merchandise.

It would need to be locked on Sundays, holidays and election days.

The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, which governs the distribution of liquor within the state, will need to approve the application before Leonard will receive the license.

The department defines package agencies as "retail liquor outlets operated by private persons under contract with the department for the purpose of selling packaged liquor from facilities other than state liquor stores for off premises consumption."

The state alcoholic beverage control agency permits package agencies in five categories.

Leonard is seeking a type two license, which is for businesses where the primary source of income is not from the sale of liquor.

If approved by the agency, the Sunnyside business would be similar to other liquor stores operated by the state and would have to comply with all established regulations.

Individuals younger than the 21 years old would not be allowed within the liquor store unless they are accompanied by a legal parent, guardian or a spouse who is of legal age to purchase alcoholic beverages.

Leonard would be prohibited from advertising the agency.

The Sunnyside businessman would be allowed to post signs directing customers to the location of the liquor agency within the store.

All liquor sold within the licensed agency would be owned by Utah and distributed on a consignment basis through the state.

As such, Leonard will need to apply for a bond to cover the consignment.

The councilmembers unanimously approved Leonard's request and agreed to allow the local businessman to seek the application and the bond.

Leonard indicated that he hopes he can get the application approved by the state alcoholic control agency by sometime in 2006.

In an unrelated matter, the council approved the sale of water to Alan Staker, a local rancher.

Staker previously received water through a pipeline. But the line broke under the East Carbon High School parking lot and the costs were considered too much to warrant repair.

Staker is the only user hooked up to the line and he only uses the water for a few weeks out of the year.

Staker's request contained various areas for approval. He plans to use a water truck owned by a logging company. The ground where the logging company is working is too wet this time of year, so they are allowing use of the truck to Staker.

Since the truck never runs on highways or state roads, it is not licensed by the state. Councilmember Sam Leonard, who oversees the police in Sunnyside said he saw no problem as long as the truck only ran on city roads for as little distance as possible.

Sunnyside suggested that Staker use the fire hydrant located in front of the high school, and that he seek approval from the school. Staker said he hoped he could also park the water truck at the school when it wasn't in use.

Staker will need approximately 4,000 gallons of water, every other day, for approximately six weeks.

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