Council approves variance to allow bar extra hour
by Tim Delaney
May 13, 2013 | 1873 views | 1 1 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSBORO – The Woodsboro City Council approved a one-time variance to the town’s ordinance to allow Scores Bar & Grill to remain open an extra hour to 2 a.m. on Saturday nights.

Ray Nihal, owner of the establishment, told the council at its Tuesday, May 7, meeting that he would be paying extra sales tax with a mixed drink license. The sales tax for that license is set at 14 percent.

He said he would hire six to eight people and his license would cost him $7,000 with an additional $900 for extended hours.

Mayor George Hernandez said the city’s ordinance does not address extended hours, only standard hours with establishments closing at 1 a.m.

Hernandez questioned whether the ordinance would have to be amended, but city attorney Donald Kubicek advised that a one-time variance could be made.

Elix Ortiz suggested a trial basis for the extra hour, but that was not possible because Nihal would be getting a license for the extended time.

Hernandez asked Nihal if the extra hour would bring the additional revenue Nihal needed.

Nihal said the extra hour would bring him needed revenue on Saturday nights because he would bring in DJs and bands. He added that the music would stop around 1:30 a.m. allowing his customers to vacate by 2 a.m.

He added that he would be selling food, too. And he would provide his own security personnel.

Nihal said if he had to ban somebody from his bar, he would.

Woodsboro Police Chief Joseph Roberts said he hasn’t had any trouble with Nihal’s businesses in town although the task of checking on bars is easier when they all close at the same time.

Ortiz made the motion to grant the one-time variance for the extra hour on Saturday nights. Debra Bolcik seconded.

The vote was 3-1, with Larry Jochetz voting against and Ortiz, Minerva Cisneros and Bolcik voting for.

The council also heard a lengthy discussion over a noise complaint made by resident Cody Graham pertaining to a nearby business, Back to Basics Gym.

Because Woodsboro has no zoning or clear definitions of what “noise” is in its ordinance, it was deemed that the complaint should be made to the municipal court judge and decided in court.

The council took no action on the complaint.

The council denied a request from Sally Crofutt and Jeannie Dahl to make a donation to the annual Fourth of July fireworks show put on near the Bayside-Richardson Gin.

Every year, residents of Bayside raise the money for the show, and it was pointed out that residents of Woodsboro also enjoy the show.

Hernandez said when dealing with taxpayer money, it’s difficult to donate.

Ortiz made a motion to not donate taxpayer money. And the motion was approved.

However, the council was sympathetic and advised that the money raising efforts should be taken to businesses and banks where contribution centers could be setup.

Also, City Secretary Ruby DeLaGarza reported that the city had received a check for $15,135.10 from the Farm Bureau. The check will be sent to LNV, the company that will repair and upgrade the town square’s gazebo.

Work should be completed before July 4.

DelaGarza also reported that it has now been two quarters with no reports of arsenic in the town’s water.

The council also approved a request from Brandon and Michelle Bishop for one water and two sewer taps at 1322 Reed in the amount of $1,844.50.

The council also approved the purchase of a 311OGR-3pkg leveling device for $998.27 for the purpose of shooting elevations.

Following an executive session, the council also approved a raise for William Meacham in the water department to $17 an hour.

And the council approved a raise for the town’s police chief from $35,000 to $37,800 a year.
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May 14, 2013
Wow, only 2,440 dollars difference between a water department employee and the police chief. And that's if Wm Meacham only puts in 40 hours a week, hope the town's police chief's job isn't full time. This proof working for the town's water department is a much more dangerous job than that of the town's police chief.