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City to target server training compliance

Businesses that have a low percentage of servers who have gone through training may have trouble renewing their liquor license in the near future.

The West Fargo City Commission asked staff to consider drawing up an ordinance that could fine a business with low compliance of server training at its Monday night meeting after seeing five businesses out of nearly 30 had less than 75 percent compliance rates.

“Some had only 40 percent,” Mayor Rich Mattern said.

The Safe Communities Coalition of the Red River Valley offers server training classes four to five times per month.

The two-hour classes are taught by law enforcement officers and cover the civil and criminal legal aspects of serving underage people and/or overserving intoxicated people.

Mattern said the city would like to tighten the liquor license applications to crack down on server training compliance.

“If you want the license, you’ll have to do a better job,” he said. “We just want to tighten things up.”

Mattern said the commission had a similar discussion when it examined liquor license ordinances for the incoming Costco store.

Now, Sunmart is using the same liquor ordinance that attracted Costco to West Fargo to take over management of Packer Package at 1100 13th Ave. E.

“Sunmart has always owned Packer Package; they were leasing it to them,” Mattern said. “So now they are going to put a doorway between the two shops.”

Sunmart plans to remodel its 13th Avenue store. Sunmart let city officials know it is looking to rebrand and remodel all of its area stores as part of a multimillion-dollar re-vamping in January and has been scouting sites for a second West Fargo location.

Mattern said the management of Packer Package will stay after Sunmart’s remodel.

“It’s kind of like a win- win that way,” he said.