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Liquor License Review Board

Hears appeals of decisions regarding liquor licenses and either affirms the denial of the license, directs the business services administrator to grant the license, affirms renewal of the license or denies the license. The City Council makes one appointment to this three member board. Length of terms is three years, with openings occurring in May.

Members & Terms:

  • Brian Gardner - Term Ending May 1, 2019
  • John Blattel (Finance Director)
  • Stephanie Browning (City Manager Appointee)

Establishing Legislation:

Sec. 4-9. Liquor license review board.

A three-member liquor license review board is hereby established consisting of the director of finance, another city employee appointed by the city manager and a member appointed by the city council to serve a three-year term. The city manager's appointee shall be either a department head or an assistant city manager and shall serve at the pleasure of the city manager. The chief of police and the fire chief shall not be eligible to serve on the board.

(Ord. No. 18006,  1, 3-1-04)

Sec. 4-10. Liquor license review board--Review of license denial.
 (a)  The director of finance, after receiving an appeal from a license denial, shall schedule a meeting of the liquor license review board. Before the meeting, the board members shall be provided with copies of the letter of denial, the notice of appeal and any documentation and position statements provided by the business services administrator and the applicant pertaining to the license denial. The board may allow the business services administrator and the applicant or the applicant's representative to explain their positions to the board at the meeting. The board may either affirm the denial of the license or direct the business services administrator to grant the license. The license, in the board's discretion, may be for less than the full period of time ending on June 30. In that case, the licensee shall pay only a prorated license fee. If the board affirms the denial, it shall set forth the grounds for denial in a letter to the applicant. The letter shall be hand delivered or sent by first class mail. A mailed letter shall be presumed received three (3) days after it was mailed.
 (b)  The director of finance, after receiving an appeal from the renewal of a license, shall schedule a meeting of the liquor license review board. Before the meeting, the board members shall be provided with copies of the letter of objection, the notice of appeal and any documentation and position statements provided by the objecting neighbor, the business services administrator and the licensee. The board may allow the objecting neighbor, the business services administrator and the licensee or the licensee's representative to explain their positions to the board at the meeting. The board may either affirm the renewal of the license or deny the license. The license, in the board's discretion, may be for less than the full period of time ending on June 30. In that case, the licensee shall pay only a prorated license fee. The board shall set forth the grounds for its decision in a letter to the objecting neighbor and the licensee. The letter shall be hand delivered or sent by first class mail. A mailed letter shall be presumed received three (3) days after it was mailed.
(Ord. No. 18006,  1, 3-1-04)

Sec. 4-11. Judicial review of license denial.
A decision of the liquor license review board may be appealed by the applicant or by an objecting neighbor by filing a petition for a writ of certiorari with the Circuit Court of Boone County within thirty (30) days of receiving the letter from the liquor license review board renewing or denying the license. The petition shall set forth with particularity the grounds for review. The court may allow a writ of certiorari directed to the liquor license review board to review the record and decision of the board. The writ shall prescribe the time within which a return must be made and served upon the relator's attorney, which shall be at least ten (10) days from issuance of the writ and may be extended by the court.
(Ord. No. 18006,  1, 3-1-04)