FARMINGTON -- City officials aren't sure they can deny a premise beer license for a concessionaire at the county fairgrounds.
"Can we deny it? What's the criteria?" Councilman John Bilton asked during a recent council discussion involving local consent of a beer license for Main Events Concession and Catering, a Clinton company that plans to take over concessions at the fairgrounds.
The company hopes to serve alcohol when requested at events such as dog and cat shows, horse shows and mixed martial arts.
The company has requested a premise beer license and an on-premise banquet liquor license. The licenses require consent at the city level and approval at the state level.
How much authority the city ultimately has in the matter, is what has local officials confused.
City Manager Dave Millheim said he is not aware of what kind of background check the state has done in the matter.
After reviewing the matter briefly during a work session, council members voted to table the matter during a city council meeting. Millheim vowed to see what the standards are for the license requests.
The issue seems to extend beyond just the issue of a license for the Clinton company, according to Councilman Jim Talbot. He wondered just how the city fits into the licensing picture.
"Why shouldn't we as a city be able to say, if there is a violation, we don't want to approve it?" Talbot said of the license request.