Harford liquor board warns businesses to display licenses correctly

Posted July 7, 2016 - The Harford County Liquor Control Board is warning businesses to display their liquor licenses appropriately, a recurring problem, according to board members and staff.

The warning came after the licensees for Edgewood Liquors and Grocery appeared before the board Wednesday on charges of failing to display the license and keeping related records.

"This is a problem with a lot of licensees," Liquor Board Administrator Pilar Gracia said.

Edgewood Liquors representatives came for a show-cause hearing after liquor inspector Clyde "Mac" McWilliams said the business did not correctly display its license on Jan. 11. When he came back the next day, it was displayed correctly, but the following day, McWilliams said, it was hidden again.

The board agreed to suspend any fines for the business for 180 days, after which it would be charged $250 each for two charges related to keeping appropriate records. Gracia recommended dropping the charge of failing to display the license, "in the interest of being business-friendly."

Gracia added she could empathize with the licensees' claims that they had different conversations regarding the correct display with the previous inspector than with McWilliams.

Board Chairman Michael Thomson called the hearing "worthwhile," calling the issue of correct license displays is "incredibly frustrating."

The liquor board also approved an application for a "Kiss a Pig" event from first-time applicant Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County and a transfer application at a 7-Eleven store on Churchville Road. Bill Bateman's Bistro also submitted an application for a July 23 crab feast.