Farmington Police

Three Farmington retailers sold alcoholic beverages to underage persons and failed compliance checks conducted by Farmington Police Department.  

Farmington Police conduct periodic compliance checks on all liquor retailers in the city to comply with city ordinance.  

Farmington Police Chief Gary Rutherford said the three businesses that failed the compliance checks were the City of Farmington Liquor store located off Pilot Knob Road, the Kwik Trip location off Elm Street and Farmington Tap House & Grill on Third Street in downtown Farmington.

The penalties for the initial and repeat violations for businesses are to comply with a three-day suspension and pay a $250 fine. The city ordinance provides an opportunity for a public hearing. 

Farmington City Attorney Joel Jamnik said his office reviewed the cases and the penalty specified within the city ordinance is reasonable and his team does not recommend an upward or downward departure from the presumed penalty.

"All operations are well managed and none have a history of violations or compliance problems," Jamnik said.

"Our office prepared and delivered a hearing notice to the liquor establishments and provided an option to them to waive the hearing and sign a stipulation to the recommended suspension and penalty," Jamnik added.

All three local retail establishments have agreed to the stipulation and proposed penalty and have signed and returned the stipulations, according to the city attorney.

The Farmington City Council voted unanimously to approve the legal recommendation during the Monday, Sept. 16, council meeting.

All three retailers will pay the penalty and follow through with a three-day suspension of liquor sales.

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