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March 7, 2013

Dingus owner fined $1K

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“We still have to investigate,” Losada said. He said Mottet's claims were accurate, and he applauded Mottet for trying to keep people safe, but a method needs to be found that falls within the code.

This was not the first time the council has addressed this issue with Dingus. It occurred in 2006, and according to Councilor Elsie Kemp, the bar's story of giving people rides home was the same then.

“We have rules and if you don't have consequences, rules don't work,” added Verwers. Councilor Dave Roozeboom agreed. After more discussion, Councilor Carolyn Formanek said it was established that a penalty needed to be imposed.

“I think AJ would agree with that,” Councilor Tim Pitt said. “I feel that a fine would be more appropriate (than a suspension).”

Pitt made a motion to fine Mottet $300. Roozeboom seconded the motion, saying it, “sounds like it would make (Mottet) think.”

“I just don't think that's reasonable,” Verwers said. “I would be happy with a five-day (suspension).”

A vote was taken on Pitt's motion, with Pitt and Roozeboom voting in favor of it. Verwers, Kemp and Formanek voted nay.

Verwers then made a motion to suspend the liquor license for five days, which Kemp seconded.Verwers was the only council member to vote in favor of this motion.

Formanek then motioned for the $1,000 fine. This motion passed 4-1, with Pitt voting against. The fine was due Tuesday.

“I can live with that,” Mottet said. “My staff can still earn a living.”

Mottet intended to get in touch with Losada, to find a resolution to the issue of safely transporting people home from bars.

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