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Commissioners may bicker over liquor restrictions

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

The Summit County Commission is considering changing laws regarding how promoters obtain permits to sell beer at events. Photo by Scott Sine/Park Record

In a state known for its unique liquor laws, Summit County Commissioner Sally Elliott doesn’t want to make it more "cumbersome" for event promoters to sell alcohol.

A law in the county that requires they post $1,000 bond to provide alcohol to patrons at a show should be repealed, she says.

"What we wanted to do was get rid of that $1,000 bond," Elliott, a Democrat from Park City, said while reading proposed revisions to the county’s liquor laws that could be adopted this week. "Why does it not say specifically that the $1,000 fee is repealed?"

The Summit County Attorney’s Office last week was instructed by Elliott to modify the draft before the ordinance is revised.

"I thought [the $1,000 bond] was very cumbersome, and I couldn’t figure out why in the world we did it," Elliott said.

But Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme, a Democrat from Oakley, is against repealing the bonding requirement.

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Summit County Clerk Sue Follett, the person elected to issue permits for liquor sales at events, also insists the law should not change.

"[Bonds are] a good idea. It’s insurance for innocent bystanders," Follett said. "Any time you have alcohol involved, there is a higher chance of an incident happening."

Applicants don’t often gripe about the bond requirements, she added.

"They’re not caught off guard because they’re familiar with it," Follett said. "It may be hard on smaller organizations, just due to funds."

Under her watch, bond money has always been returned to promoters, she added.

"We’ve been lucky enough not to have incidents, but you have a backup to help clean up whatever incidents there may be," she said.

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