SWEETWATER COUNTY — The Sweetwater County Commissioners unanimously accredited a retail liquor license for Love’s Journey Stops & Nation Shops throughout their assembly Tuesday morning.
The county has a complete of 14 retail liquor licenses and 11 of these are getting used, together with Love’s. There are three extra licenses nonetheless obtainable, based on Sweetwater County Clerk Cindy Lane.
Lane mentioned the variety of licenses relies on the newest census. A retail liquor license permits for the sale of each malt drinks and arduous liquor.
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The liquor license for Love’s Journey Cease shall be efficient by way of April 9, 2021, wherein all liquor licenses within the county shall be up for renewal.
The problem of regionally owned enterprise versus nationwide chains was introduced into dialogue when deciding if the commissioners ought to approve the license or not.
Through the public listening to, Sweetwater County resident Matt Seashore mentioned he was in opposition to the liquor license, as he believed these ought to go to regionally owned companies. He mentioned that Love’s Journey Cease wouldn’t fail if they didn’t safe the license, whereas a neighborhood enterprise might fail with out one.
Commissioner Roy Lloyd mentioned he noticed either side, as he does consider in supporting native enterprise, however he additionally sees the worth in approving the liquor license to advertise financial development and growth.
Commissioner Jeff Smith mentioned the fee has by no means denied a liquor license earlier than and that there isn’t any customary to disclaim Love’s Journey Cease the license now.
He added that the liquor license shall be up for renewal on April 9, 2021, simply as all of the county liquor licenses shall be. Subsequently, they’ll revisit the difficulty then if county residents elevate extra considerations.
Commissioner Lauren Schoenfeld mentioned she needs to help native enterprise, however that Love’s Journey Cease shall be helpful to the county by way of employment, providers, and tax income. She mentioned denying the license might discourage companies from transferring in or beginning in Sweetwater County.
Chairman Randy “Doc” Wendling agreed, saying Love’s and different nationwide companies will usher in enterprise, present jobs, and will in flip enhance the county inhabitants which might enhance the variety of liquor licenses in Sweetwater County.
Wendling mentioned Sweewater County shouldn’t be denying financial growth.
The commissioners voted 5-Zero to approve the liquor license.
Love’s Journey Cease shall be opening on January 20, 2021, based on Lane.
Commissioner Randy “Doc” Wendling was re-selected as Chairman of the Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners. That is Wendling’s second consecutive yr serving as Chairman.
This was Commissioner Mary Thoman’s first assembly. She was sworn into workplace Monday morning, together with incumbent Commissioner Lauren Schoenfeld.
The Commissioners additionally voted unanimously to nominate Robert Dean Martin to fill a three-year time period on the Strong Waste Disposal District No. 2 Board. This stable waste district is situated in Bairoil and Wamsutter. Martin is filling Craig Davidson’s time period, as he handed away. The time period lasts by way of July 1, 2023.
The Inexperienced River Star was designated because the Newspaper of Document for the County Fee for 2021 in a Four-1 vote. Commissioner Smith was the no vote.