Carbondale to weigh Black Nugget liquor license
A much-debated liquor license application and a 258-unit residential development take center stage at tonight’s Carbondale Board of Trustees meeting.On the bar front, police chief Gene Schilling has recommended against a liquor license for Black Nugget owner Cassie Cerise, due to what he said were numerous problems and complaints over the past year when Cerise was part owner.In a letter to trustees, Schilling said those problems included fights and possession of weapons, at least one narcotics related offense, plus noise complaints and bar employees drinking on duty.At the board’s first Black Nugget review Feb. 12, Cerise said her previous involvement with what was then the Lone Wolfe Brewpub was for the most part as a “financier,” and she was “amazed” when she learned of the complaints the bar had logged during the past year.To alleviate those problems, Cerise said she’ll be on the premises from 4 p.m. to midnight or later each night for the next six months. Cerise said she has created an employee manual “so problems can be seen coming before they become problems.” Monthly employee meetings will also be held to discuss issues and problems.The Black Nugget is located downstairs in the Dinkel Building at Fourth and Main, and there are two pool tables in a back room. Cerise said the main part of the bar will become smoke-free, and live music is planned.Cerise was represented at the last trustees meeting by attorney Tom Silverman.Trustees will also get a look at the downsized Meadowood Ranch rezoning application.As originally submitted by developer Arthur Strock, the project called for 220 apartments, 73 condominiums and 42 single family residents on 25 acres south of the fire station.The new application calls for 258 “for sale” units ranging from 750 square feet to approximately 1,400 square feet. Strock said preliminary pricing points range from $106,000 for the 750-square- foot units to $329,000 for the 1,400-square-foot homes, and that 15 percent of the units will be deed-restricted to keep them “attainably” priced.Strock said there are several reasons why he cut Meadowood’s density by 30 percent, including the fact that he was 30 percent short on water rights.”And there was the perception by the staff and others that it was too large,” Strock said.Strock said that so far, there has been little if any public input at the planning and zoning or trustee level. He urged folks to attend tonight’s meeting and comment either in favor of, or in opposition to, Meadowood.”We don’t want to build something that people don’t want,” Strock said.Other agenda items at tonight’s meeting include:-Consideration of an intergovernmental agreement between the town and the Roaring Fork RE-1 School District for a new running track at the high school.-Consideration of a contract with OTAK for the Delaney Property master plan.The meeting starts at 7 p.m.
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