Liquor licence change sought

A consultant may be hired to pursue changes to the liquor license for the multi-use facility

Officials are hoping to avoid liquor-related problems at Kal Tire Place.

The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee is recommending to the Regional District of North Okanagan that a consultant be hired to pursue changes to the liquor license for the multi-use facility.

“It’s an unreasonable constraint in the standard operations of a well-run facility,” said administrator Trafford Hall of the current process.

Originally, the liquor license was designated class E stadium but that was then reduced by the B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Branch to a liquor primary license.

“Due to our operation of a stadium under this classification, several issues and potential areas of concern have been identified,” said Doug Ross, recreation services director.

Any contravention of the regulations could lead to suspension of the license or fines.

In  2012, RDNO was handed a $5,000 fine and a 10-day suspension of its liquor license because of three contraventions during a Halloween event in 2011.

The three contraventions included allowing consumption beyond the time permitted, failing to clear patrons by the time required and liquor being present that was not purchased and served by the  licensee.

Among the issues that will be pursued for proposed license amendments are the inclusion of the RBC Cup, RBC exclusive pouring rights for Molson, opening and closing times for events and licensing dressing rooms for event green rooms.

 

GVAC will spend $11,100 on a consultant to apply for the liquor license changes because of the complexity of the process.