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Monday, July 15, 2013

Special Hearing on Arlington Liquors/Clinton Deli Wednesday


Many of the complaints center on activity in the store's large parking lot.

Plainfield City Council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday to conduct a hearing on the renewal of the liquor license for retail sales of the Arlington Liquors/Clinton Deli located on West Front Street, just west of Clinton Avenue.

This liquor store has been the source of many complaints over the years, including sales to minors and drug dealing on the premises. The most recent bone of contention was over the Council's desire to impose the hiring of outdoor security personnel for evening hours. The owners complained it would be too expensive. Police continue to have concerns about conditions at this location.

The liquor license once was situated with a liquor store at Arlington Avenue and Randolph Road, now long gone. That site also was a constant headache to the police. When the license was transferred to the West Front Street location, all the problems seem to have gone along with it.

City Council, sitting as the local Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, has wide latitude in imposing conditions on the license renewal up to and including denial of a renewal. The owner has the ability to appeal any decision at the local level to the state, which has the final say.

The hearing gets under way at 7:00 PM Wednesday, July 17, at City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Avenue. Parking and entrance in the rear of City Hall.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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