The Honorable Board of License Commissioners met today with
the following present: Roy W. Crow, Scott D. Livie, and William W. Pickrum,
Mauritz Stetson, Alcoholic Beverage Inspector, was also in attendance.
An Administrative Hearing was held at 9:30 a.m. in the Commissioners'
Hearing Room. Anna D. Pectelidis, Licensee, and Thomas Yeager, County
Attorney were also in attendance.
Mr. Stetson and Mrs. Pectedlidis were sworn in by Mr. Yeager for giving
Mr. Stetson indicated that it is alleged that on Sunday, May 24, 2004,
at approximately 3:30 p.m., he entered Millington Pizza in order to conduct
a routine alcohol and tobacco inspection and, based on his observations
and questioning of two employees present, concluded that there was probable
cause for the violation of the Alcoholic Beverage Laws (failure to have
an individual certified in Alcoholic Beverage Awareness Training on the
premises during the hours in which alcoholic beverages may be served or
consumed ), Article 2B, Section 13-101(2)(i), of the Annotated Code of
Maryland, and he concluded that there was probable cause that Mrs. Pectedlidis
had not properly logged out when she left the premises at approximately
12:00 noon earlier that day.
Mr. Stetson reported that he, on the day of the alleged violation, suspended
the sale of alcoholic beverages at Millington Pizza until a certified
person was present.
Mrs. Pectedlidis testified that she was aware that one of the employees
working on the premises at the time of the alleged violation, Eva Coleburn,
was certified in the State of Delaware. Mrs. Pectedlidis also indicated
that she did not know that her employee's certification had to be issued
by the State of Maryland.
Mr. Stetson reported that, in his opinion, he states very clearly in his
Alcohol Awareness Classes that certification of employees of establishments
in Maryland that sell or serve alcoholic beverages must be issued by the
State of Maryland.
Mrs. Pectedlidis reported that the reason she did not log out was because
she was under the impression that Mrs. Coleburn was appropriately certified.
There being no further testimony, the Commissioners recessed with Counsel
in order to deliberate.
Following the recess, Commissioner Livie initiated the disposition by
stating that it was the decision of the Board that Millington Pizza was
in violation of the Alcoholic Beverage laws.
A motion was made by Commissioner Livie, seconded by Commissioner Crow,
and made unanimous by Commissioner Pickrum to impose the maximum fine
of $100.00 and to suspend the same fine of $100.00, placing Millington
Pizza in a probationary period.
Commissioner Livie emphasized to Mrs. Pectedlidis that the decision of
the Board was not a free pass and that any further violation would be
treated with much greater severity.
This hearing was taped for reference and adjourned at 9:45 a.m.
A report was received from Mr. Stetson concerning the violation of the
Alcoholic Beverage Laws [misrepresenting age to gain entrance to a Class
D Establishment (Article 2B, Section 6-401(p)]. The violation occurred
at the Blue Bird Tavern, Chestertown.
The case was closed by an arrest.
The Commissioners approved a one-day-only, Class C, Beer License for a
fund-raising event of the organization, "Gilchrest for Congress" to take
place at the Turner's Creek Pavilion on July 17, 2004, and a one-day-only,
Class C, Beer, Wine and Liquor License for the Chestertown Volunteer Fire
Company Auxiliary for an event to be held on June 29.
Correspondence was received from H. Louis Stettler, III, Senior Vice President
for Finance and Management, requesting that Bryan L. Matthews', Director
of Athletics, name replace Maureen K. McIntire's name on Washington College's
Alcoholic Beverage License.
There being no further business to claim their attention, the Board adjourned
to meet again on Tuesday, July 6, 2004.
There will be no regular meeting on June 29.
THE BOARD OF LICENSE COMMISSIONERS
OF KENT COUNTY, MARYLAND
Janice F. Fletcher
Approved: William W. Pickrum, President
Please contact Ileana Lindstrom or Janice Fletcher at (410)
778-7435 or by e-mail with
any questions or comments.