Changes to state liquor law prompts discussion for Rangely Board of Trustees at first 2019 meeting

RANGELY | Konnie Billgren from the Rangely Chamber of Commerce updated the Rangely Board of Trustees on the OHV Rally at the board’s first meeting of the year. A contract has been made with BLM for the next five years in regards to the OHV Rally. This will drop the cost of the rally. Billgren also shared that Business over Breakfast is Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7 a.m. in the EEC building. The
resource pantry is doing well, helping around 64 families. The pantry does not just give out food, but has personal hygiene supplies like soap and shampoo to help families meet their basic needs. Billgren said she has been working to get advertising for Rangely implemented throughout the state. The Chamber is hosting is the annual Crab Crack on Feb. 9.
A change in the liquor laws started in January, allowing convenience stores to sell full-strength beer. Loaf ‘N Jug is applying for a liquor license modification of premises to change their layout to accommodate these new changes. Janet Miller gave information to help the board make their decision. Luke Geer expressed concerns it will take away from Rangely’s current liquor store sales. Matt Billgren agreed with Geer and wondered if the board has to allow them to increase their beer space. Rich Garner and Andy Key felt the board shouldn’t impede the desires of Loaf ‘N Jug. Geer opposed the
motion.
Jocelyn Mullen informed the board that as of Jan. 2 the water treatment plant has received a Department of Local Affairs administrative grant which will help to cut costs. Rangely will retain . all conditional water rights for the next six years. During those years, diligence needs to be shown that the water is being used beneficially. Mayor Andy Shaffer and Town Manager Lisa Piering congratulated Mullen on her work towards the retainment of the water rights.

By BRITTNY CAMPOS | Special to the Herald Times

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