Al­co­hol OK, but no per­ma­nent bar at St. Clements Arena

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS - VERON­ICA REINER

A RE­CRE­ATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE can serve adult bev­er­ages at its weekly games, but there’ll be no per­ma­nent bar set up at the St. Clements Arena, town­ship coun­cil de­cided this week.

Richard Brick, co­or­di­na­tor of Rab­bit’s Hockey League (RHL), ap­proached the town­ship with the idea to build a bar at the arena for use dur­ing their rental pe­riod. There were to be two small keg fridges, stor­age cup­boards and a bar top lo­cated in the cor­ner of the for­mer con­ces­sion booth. All of the costs, ma­te­rial for the con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion of the bar would be han­dled by the re­cre­ational league and its vol­un­teers, he sug­gested.

Re­cre­ation staff wasn’t pre­pared to go along with the sug­ges­tion, how­ever, cit­ing con­cerns about a bar’s im­pact on the fam­i­lyfriendly en­vi­ron­ment at the fa­cil­ity, and po­ten­tial con­flicts with the Al­co­hol and Gam­ing Com­mis­sion of On­tario (AGCO) reg­u­la­tions on the stor­age of al­co­hol.

With that in mind, the staff re­port to coun­cil­lors rec­om­mended deny­ing the con­struc­tion of a per­ma­nent bar, place­ment of keg re­frig­er­a­tion and dis­pens­ing equip­ment, as well as stor­age of al­co­hol within the St. Clements arena fa­cil­ity.

RHL is per­mit­ted to serve drinks dur­ing their game times, so long as the league fol­lows the rules and reg­u­la­tions set in place by the mu­nic­i­pal al­co­hol pol­icy and AGCO.

Coun. Carl Smit pointed out that the RHL games take place at around 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., typ­i­cally af­ter the younger arena users have left.

“My con­cern is that there are no kids around that time,” said Smit. “We’re go­ing on a user-friendly, fam­ily-friendly en­vi­ron­ment and all that stuff, but by the time the guys on the ice, all the kids are gone. There’s no­body around.”

Risk an­a­lyst Brian McEn­hill gave some rec­om­men­da­tions to coun­cil as to how they should han­dle the serv­ing of al­co­hol on the mu­nic­i­pal prop­erty.

“One, that we en­sure that there is an agree­ment in place for the rental,” said McEn­hill. “We want to en­sure that the lo­ca­tion of al­co­hol sales is lim­ited to des­ig­nated ar­eas. No al­co­hol to be stored on site – that’s an AGCO re­quire­ment. Highly rec­om­mend all servers are smart-served trained as well. That’s an AGCO re­quire­ment. Any en­dorse­ments or cater­ing has to be reg­is­tered with the AGCO.”

As a work­around, the par­ties will look at the lo­gis­tics of a portable bar for the group’s use.

“As long as there’s room for stor­age for that type of fa­cil­ity, then it’s prob­a­bly not a prob­lem,” said chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Rik Louwagie.

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