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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • HPD chief: Low alcohol compliance results don’t indicate trend

  • As they periodically do, officers of the Hannibal Police Department (HPD) conducted Monday evening a series of on-site alcohol sale compliance checks at local restaurants and convenience stores. Of the 11 sites visited, just over half of them drew a passing grade.
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  • As they periodically do, officers of the Hannibal Police Department (HPD) conducted Monday evening a series of on-site alcohol sale compliance checks at local restaurants and convenience stores. Of the 11 sites visited, just over half of them drew a passing grade.
    Businesses that were in compliance were:
    • BP -  624 Mark Twain Ave.
    • Fiddlestix - 8945 US 36
    • CVS Pharmacy - 3603 McMasters Ave.
    • County Market - 202 Steamboat Bend
    • Casey's - 4215 McMasters Ave.
    • Thoromart - 2000 US 61 S
    The businesses that were cited for non-compliance were:
    • Save-A-Lot - 1222 Broadway
    • Abel's - 804 Mark Twain Ave.
    • Pic-A-Dilly - 1329 Mark Twain Ave.
    • Rustic Oak - 203 Huck Finn
    • Game On - 211 Munger Lane
    Despite the fact only 55 percent (six of 11) businesses were in compliance Monday, HPD Chief Lyndell Davis did not express either disappointment or alarm.
    “We measure local business alcohol sales compliance on an annual bases. It would be premature to make a determination based on our last series of compliance checks, good or bad. In recent years we have seen a significant up-tick in compliance,” he said in an e-mail to the Courier-Post.
    Davis noted that the compliance percentage in 2012 was 77 percent. In 2013, the compliance percentage was up to 87 percent. Through April of this year the compliance percentage was 93 percent.
    “In 2013 we conducted 100 compliance checks and 101 in 2012. So even though the results out of the most recent series of compliance checks were not what we typically experience there is no reason to believe that this is the new trend,” said the HPD chief.
    Businesses found not to be in compliance twice within a 12-month period are subject to a $500 administrative fine.
    “Since the Hannibal City Council passed a stricter ordinance governing sales to minors in 2008 HPD has conducted 433 compliance checks and only 10 businesses have been subject to the $500 administrative penalty,” said Davis.
    Compliance rates have risen dramatically over the past seven years, according to Davis.
    “The compliance rates of the businesses have vastly improved since 2007 when there was only a 55 percent compliance rate which represented one of the worst in the state,” he said. “That year we were offered a state grant to step up our local efforts to increase compliance and reduce sales to minors.
     
    “After 2007 the grant expired. HPD adopted alcohol compliance checks as part of our routine enforcement activities. When you compare the compliance rate of 55 percent in 2007 to the 93 percent thus far in 2014 you can honestly say admirable progress has been made and maintained for a number years by the ongoing efforts of HPD, local businesses and the City Council."
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