At its regular meeting Thursday, Dec. 15, the White House Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to fine J & L Liquors for a failed compliance check conducted by the White House Police Department in November.
The fine was in connection with the sale of liquor to a 19-year-old confidential informant employed by the WHPD. The package liquor retailer was fined $500 by the board.
Joe Ragland, the store owner, explained at the meeting that regulatory software that J & L Liquors had agreed to install on store computers to prevent sales to minors, in order to gain construction approval in 2015, had been disabled due to glitches. The store clerk who sold liquor to the minor will be facing criminal charges, according to White House Police Chief Pat Brady.
Compliance checks are conducted twice a year on all establishments selling or serving alcohol in White House, according to Brady. Volunteer informants are drawn from local colleges, the Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition, and other organizations and letters are sent out to each business within 30 days of the check.
"It sends a message to stores that the city is serious about alcohol compliance," he said.
Along with J & L Liquors, three other establishments failed the fall compliance check and will go before the Beer Board this month. Beer Board member and Alderman Dave Paltzic explained that the city is taking a strict stance on the sale of alcohol due to the city's relatively short history with its legalization.
"Getting single-serve was a big deal, and having package liquor was a very big deal. We just want to be a little bit conservative," he said.