Resolution that could loosen restrictions on public consumption of alcohol tops Town Council’s June 16 meeting agenda
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of change to the restaurant industry. A resolution that could ease restrictions on the public consumption of to-go alcohol orders in certain Downtown areas will be a topic on Town Council’s June 16 meeting agenda. Please note, the meeting will begin at 5 p.m. View the full agenda online.
Here is a more in-depth look at the topic:
- Resolution authorizing administrative approval of public consumption and communal dining areas – Town Council will be asked to approve a resolution that would allow the consumption, in areas designated by the Town Manager, of alcoholic drinks purchased from Downtown restaurants.
Current State liquor law does not allow alcohol to be consumed outside of a liquor establishment’s premise nor in public rights of way (streets and sidewalks) and does not allow public consumption in Town parks without Council approval. If approved, this resolution would provide two options to loosen that restriction.
Communal dining areas – this option would allow the Town to designate communal dining areas. Two or more establishments would apply for a joint application. Diners would sit in a designated area and order meals and alcoholic beverages from one of the participating establishments. The restaurants would be required to deliver orders to the communal area and have staff on-site to oversee the area. All drinks would need to be consumed within the communal area.
Public consumption areas – this option must be approved by Town Council and would allow the Town Manager to approve public consumption of any alcohol in designated areas. This could be restricted to certain dates and times and may include sidewalks, closed streets and parks.
If approved, both the communal dining and public consumption areas would be subject to change once the State Safer at Home orders are lifted.
Also on the agenda, Town Council will be asked to approve the Town Attorney Employment Agreement with Michael J. Hyman. A nationwide recruitment for Castle Rock’s next Town Attorney has been underway since February. Hyman has been a practicing municipal attorney for 34 years and has extensive experience with the City of Aurora. He presently serves as the Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of Denver. Upon approval of the agreement, he would begin work in Castle Rock July 1.
Council will also be asked to approve the recommendation of Tara Vargish as the Town’s new Director of Development Services. Vargish has been with the Town since 2010 and has served as the Interim Director since April.