The Hotchkiss Town Council had a lot on its agenda for its final meeting in 2012.
Peter Knapp who is doing business as Johnnydog, LLC, has opened PJ's Pub at 107 West Bridge Street.
That was the former location of the popular Campo Fresco restaurant. Knapp received a hotel/restaurant liquor license ownership change with unanimous approval by the trustees.
Knapp moved to Hotchkiss in September to retire. He ate at Campo Fresco the last night it was open. He fell in love with the building and decided to lease the space. Knapp has been in the restaurant business for 25 years.
Jim Briscoe, town attorney, advised the council that Knapp had filed his application and supporting documents and paid for the license.
Briscoe also said that Knapp would have to come back for an amendment if he wants to serve alcohol on the back patio.
Knapp and his employees will take the Department of Revenue classes on serving alcohol.
The council also approved a temporary liquor license permit for the restaurant due to the state's backlog in sending out licenses.
The council approved a temporary liquor license permit extension for Lykke Monkey, LLC, which operates the West Elk Inn. The council granted a 120-day extension.
Rozellynn Hall who lives at 153 East Main Street was present concerning a variance to keep a dwarf goat in a residential area. The agenda said she was requesting a variance to keep livestock in town. Hall explained to the council that by town law her Nigerian dwarf goat is not considered livestock. She views it as a pet. The goat will grow to only 17 to 23 inches. Hall has a fenced backyard and if need be will keep the goat in a covered kennel.
Rhonda Duclo, manager of the Hotchkiss Library, expressed concern that having a goat next door to the library could create problems. She fears kids at the library will want to climb over Hall's fence and play with the goat.
Hall explained that the goat will be kept close to the alley and on the other side of her property than the library. She will clean up for the goat daily as she does for her dogs. The goat will be neutered and debutted.
Hall will get her goat in March or April. The council granted her a one-year variance beginning at that time.
Spirit Wind Horse Rescue received approval for a special event's liquor license for an event held at North Fork Lifestyle on Dec. 15. The council voted 5-1 in favor of the license.
The Hotchkiss Elks' liquor license renewal was unanimously approved.
The Hotchkiss Fire District asked the Town of Hotchkiss for a $100 donation to help defray the cost of a Chlorine Institute Emergency "A" Kit and to purchase more boom material to protect watersheds. In a letter from Doug Fritz, fire chief, it was noted that the department has trained and certified "Hazmat Techs." The fire district will help the town in the event of hazardous material problems. The district will assist in scene control, spill and leak diversion, damming, plugging, identification of products, decontamination personnel, rescue of persons in hazmat incidents and drum overpacks. The council approved the request.
Sarah Marshall of the Hotchkiss High School Library submitted an update on the grant being applied for funds to repair and resurface the school's tennis courts. The town council had made $500 available for grant writing. Marshall asked the town to continue to show a $500 donation "to be paid only if we successfully receive funding from other sources to complete the project." The council agreed.blog comments powered by Disqus