Thursday, November 15, 2012
City, BlackFinn American Saloon Representatives Sign Voluntary Agreement on Liquor Code Violations
NAPERVILLE, Ill.— Focusing on the safety of visitors and patrons to downtown Naperville, representatives from the City of Naperville and BlackFinn American Saloon recently reached a voluntary agreement regarding several incidents that have occurred in and around that establishment.
The City initiated a meeting with BlackFinn on November 5, 2012, after which an agreement was reached wherein BlackFinn admitted to four violations of the City’s liquor code. The agreement states that the City will suspend BlackFinn’s late-night liquor permit for seven days beginning Friday, November 16, 2012. If no additional liquor code violations occur during the first three days of the suspension, the City will suspend the remaining four days.
“The safety of those persons who visit downtown Naperville is a top priority for the Naperville Police Department,” Police Chief Robert Marshall said. “Our objective is to ensure those who visit have a pleasurable and safe experience. Those who chose to be disruptive, violate our ordinances and liquor codes and ruin the experience for others will be held accountable.”
Moving forward, BlackFinn has also agreed that all of its security staff will receive local Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (BASSET) and that it will install an ID checker in the next 30 days. BlackFinn will also install security cameras within a one-year timeframe. A $1,000 fine has also been levied.
The agreement was arrived at by representatives from the City and BlackFinn. Per standard procedure, following Police Department investigation, the City’s Legal Department reviewed evidence of liquor code violations and drafted a recommendation for Mayor A. George Pradel, as the City’s liquor commissioner, to review and approve.
“I believe suspending BlackFinn’s late-night liquor permit is fair and reasonable,” Pradel said. “The safety of the downtown is a top priority, and I approve of this agreement and find this to be an acceptable solution in this instance.”
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