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Minutes

Minutes
Thursday, November 9, 2017

 

            The following members of the Board were present at the County Commissioners’ Meeting Room, Charles County Government Building, for a regular hearing of the Board of License Commissioners:  Guy N. Black, Acting Chairman, Steve Lowe, Kathleen Quade, and Linda J. Warren.  Thomasina Coates, was excused.  Also appearing in support of the Board were M/Cpl. Judith Thompson, Alcohol Enforcement Coordinator; Wayne Magoon, Alcohol Enforcement Inspector; Associate County Attorney Jessica Andritz; and Lisa Bailey, Clerk/Recording Secretary. 

            1.         Following a question and answer period as to the nature and specifics of each event, and upon a motion duly made, seconded and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following temporary alcoholic beverage license applications, as presented:

Crossroads of Hughesville Garden Club (FGC) (local chapter of Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc.)(FGC), by:  George Gazarek.  Also appearing was Joyce Rose, for a temporary alcoholic beverage license to sell/serve Beer, Wine & Liquor on December 2 and 3, from 11 AM to 4 PM at Maxwell Hall for a Holiday Trail fundraiser with approximately 300 people expected to attend.

College of Southern Maryland, by Shaunda Holt, for two (2) temporary alcoholic beverage licenses to sell/serve Beer, Wine & Liquor, on December 7, and December 9, 2017.  Both events are at Custom Kitchens and Baths, the first for an Italian Christmas Cooking Class; and, then a Holiday Cookie Swap, each class with a maximum 14 people expected to attend.

            2.         Amarjit Suri, Royal Liquors, LLC, t/a Royal Liquors, at a location to be built in the 6th Election District at Shoppes at Piney Point, NE corner of Billingsley Road and Piney Church Road, Waldorf, Maryland, 20602, for a transfer of the Class D – Beer, Wine & Liquor (on/off sale) alcoholic beverage license currently held by Tony Lee Graham, Terrance Andrew White, Michele Maureen Alley, NWTG, Inc., t/a The Prime Street Grille, 4680 Crain Highway, White Plains, Maryland  20695.  At the request of the applicant this matter was continued to December 14, 2017. 

            3.         Tony Lee Graham, Terrance Andrew White, Michele Maureen Alley, NWTG, Inc., t/a The Prime Street Grille, 4680 Crain Highway, White Plains, Maryland  20695, for a new Class B/RB (Restaurant/Bar) alcoholic beverage license, with an outside service area.  This application is expressly conditioned on the Board’s approval of the transfer of their existing Class D – Beer, Wine & Liquor (on/off sale) alcoholic beverage license to  Amarjit Suri, Royal Liquors, LLC, at a location to be built in the 6th Election District at Shoppes at Piney Point, NE corner of Billingsley Road and Piney Church Road, Waldorf, Maryland.  At the request of the applicant this matter was continued to December 14, 2017. 

            4.         Bonnie Y. Hochman Rothell, Danny L. Rothell, Marsh Mellow, LLC, t/a The Cove at Cobb Island, 12133 Neale Sound Drive, Cobb Island, Maryland, 20626, for a new Class B/RB (Restaurant/Bar) Beer, Wine & Liquor (on sale only) alcoholic beverage license.  Licensee Bonnie Y. Hochman Rothell, Esquire, also served as counsel to the applicant.  Testimony was presented by the applicants pertaining to the facts contained in the application which evidences, among other things, that Mr. and Ms. Rothell each hold a 50% interest in Marsh Mellow, LLC, meet the residency requirements, and identified as authorized/managing members of the LLC.  The applicants further testified as to their intent to offer a family friendly atmosphere with entertainment in the evening hours consisting of ‘Sip–n-Paint’, tastings, game/trivia nights, etc.  They further testified that they are considering live entertainment and will seek the Entertainment option if they determine to do so.  They submitted a diagram/layout of the interior of their licensed premises including seating for approximately 35-50 people maximum.  The licensees intend to be on site regularly with a manager on duty at all times.  They testified as to the anticipated hours of operation; that they will maintain a 100% ID check and a “No Vertical ID” policy; and that they will comply with all alcoholic beverage laws.  Upon consideration of the testimony and evidence presented, and upon a motion duly made, seconded and unanimously carried, the board ORDERED, that the application be approved as presented, contingent upon filing a satisfactory Petition, Health Permit, and Use & Occupancy Permit, along with payment of the appropriate license fee within 90 days of the hearing.

            5.         Show Cause in the Matter of the Class D - Beer & Wine (on & off sale) alcoholic beverage license issued to George Kenneth Hayden, Jr., Aqualand Marina Operations, LLC, t/a AMO Ships Store, 9700 Orland Park Rd., Newburg, Maryland  20664.  At the request of the applicant this matter was continued to December 14, 2017. 

6.         Show Cause in the Matter of the Class A – Beer, Wine & Liquor (off sale only) Package Goods alcoholic beverage license issued to Manpreet Kaur, Singh & Singh, LLC, t/a Absher Liquors, 6605 Crain Highway, La Plata, Maryland  20646, alleging a violation of Alcoholic Beverages Article, § 6-304 of the Annotated Code of Maryland.  Licensee Manpreet Kaur appeared along with David J. Martinez, Esquire, who on behalf of his client, acknowledged receipt of the show cause order and admitted to providing alcoholic beverages service to an Approved Underage Person on April 18, 2017, in violation of Alcoholic Beverages Article, § 6-304 of the Annotated Code of Maryland.  The alleged server, Ganga Bahadur Bhattarai, also appeared and acknowledged receipt of the show cause order, waived the 10-day notice requirement, and admitted to the violation.  Testimony was presented by M/Cpl. Judith Thompson as to the charges; and Ms. Kaur and Mr. Bhattarai each offered further testimony, including the circumstances of the sale, past compliance, and their current alcohol management policies.  Upon consideration of the testimony and evidence presented, and upon a motion duly made, seconded and unanimously carried, the Board ordered, that the alcoholic beverage license issued to Manpreet Kaur, Singh & Singh, LLC, t/a Absher Liquors, be suspended for 3 days, with all 3 days held in abeyance for 3 years from the date of the hearing, contingent upon no further violations; and, it was further ordered, that the licensee be fined $750.00; and that the server, Ganga Bahadur Bhattarai be fined $100.00, each payable to the Charles County Treasurer and delivered to the Board of License Commissioners within 2 weeks of the date of the hearing.

7.         Show Cause in the Matter of the Class B/BLX (Luxury Restaurant) – Beer, Wine & Liquor (on sale only) alcoholic beverage license issued to Melissa Gibson, Mark J. Kaiser, Potomac Family Dining Group Operating Co., t/a Applebee's - Waldorf, 3610 Crain Highway, Waldorf, Maryland  20602, alleging a violation of Alcoholic Beverages Article, § 6-304 of the Annotated Code of Maryland.  Licensee Melissa Gibson appeared, acknowledged receipt of the show cause order and admitted to providing alcoholic beverages service to an Approved Underage Person on April 18, 2017, in violation of Alcoholic Beverages Article, § 6-304 of the Annotated Code of Maryland.  The alleged server, Darien Xavier Britton, also appeared and acknowledged receipt of the show cause order at least 10-day prior to the hearing, and admitted to the violation.  Also appearing in support of the licensees was Marco Loredo, Manager; Brian Lutton, Area Director and former licensee.  Testimony was presented by M/Cpl. Judith Thompson as to the charges.  The licensee, server and witnesses offered further testimony, including the circumstances of the sale, past compliance, and their current alcohol management policies.  Upon consideration of the testimony and evidence presented, and upon a motion duly made, seconded and unanimously carried, the Board ordered, that the alcoholic beverage license issued to Melissa Gibson, Mark J. Kaiser, Potomac Family Dining Group Operating Co., t/a Applebee's - Waldorf, 3610 Crain Highway, Waldorf, Maryland  20602, be suspended for 3 days, with all 3 days held in abeyance for 3 years from the date of the hearing ; and, that the licensee be $1,500.00; and, that the server, Darien Xavier Britton, be fined $75.00; each made payable to the Charles County Treasurer and delivered to the Board of License Commissioners within 2 weeks of the date of the hearing. 

            8.         The Board approved a request from David Martinez, Esq., on behalf of his clients, Pleas Eugene Dillard, Jr., Mahli, Inc., t/a Double Eagle Tavern, for an additional 30-days to obtain all of the outstanding items pending their application:  Health Permit, Use & Occupancy Permit, Workers’ Compensation Insurance binder, Treasurer approval, and appropriate transfer fee.  The Board initially approved the application with contingencies on March 9, 2017.

            9.         The Board approved a written request dated 10/29/17 from Celene Marie Graves, Captain Billy's Crabhouse, Inc., t/a Captain Billy's Crabhouse, 11495 Pope's Creek Rd., Newburg, MD 20664, for a seasonal closing beginning November 4, 2017. 

            10.       The Board acknowledged receipt of a letter dated 10/12/17 from Robert Allen Rucci, Diana Natalia Rucci, DJJ Restaurants, Inc., t/a Bobby Rucci's Famous Italian Deli &Doughboys, 10579 Theodore Green Blvd., White Plains, MD 20695, describing “… notification of our intent to extend our existing bar.  The dining room and patio area will remain unchanged.”

            11.       M/Cpl. Judith Thompson advised that the alcohol enforcement conducted 8 compliance checks, with the following five having passed and the Board offered congratulations to:  White Plains Liquors, 228 Market, Berry Road Beer & Wine, Angelo’s Liquors, and Tim’s II at Fairview.

            12.       Upon a motion duly made, seconded and unanimously carried, the Board approved the Minutes dated October 12, 2017.

            With no further business, and upon a motion duly made, seconded and unanimously carried, the meeting adjourned at 11:40 A.M.

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Lisa Bailey, Clerk