A refreshment truck peddling beer to hackers will not be making its rounds at the South Mountain Golf Club.
In a unanimous decision by the City Council Tuesday night, the club was denied an extension of its alcohol license that would have granted beer sales from a refreshment truck. The council acted after nearly 11/2 hours of public comment - most of it strongly in support of blocking the club's request.But Councilman G. Lyn Kimball didn't let the vote slide without noting that the rights of the minority should not be eclipsed by majority opinion.
Kimball said he voted with the rest of the council because the license violated city code that restricts alcohol sales within 600 feet of a public park, school or church.
He added, however, that the golf course would be safer if the club was granted the extension, which would result in closer monitoring of alcoholic beverage consumption on the links.
Under state law, golfers can bring their own alcoholic beverages to the course. If the extension had been granted, the club would have prohibited outside alcohol, said Rob Kohlhaas of the South Mountain Golf Course.
"We live here with our families. We worry about drunk drivers, too," Kohlhaas said.
But vocal residents said alcohol is unrelated to the enjoyment of the sport and unnecessarily puts the community at risk. Some even asked the council to consider rescinding the club's existing Class B beer license, which allows beer to be served only in the clubhouse.
The original license was inadvertently signed into effect by Draper Mayor Richard Alsop, who said he didn't know what he was signing. The city must consider giving local consent in the coming weeks for the club's second request - that it be allowed to sell hard liquor at the clubhouse in addition to beer.
Another public hearing will be held Tuesday, Sept. 1.
City Attorney Mike Mazuran urged the council to clarify the licensing procedure and draft a good, workable policy to avoid confusion in the future.
John Drabik, who lives in the neighborhood near the golf course, presented a petition to the council, saying the risks presented by alcohol requests do not reflect the values of Draper.
Another Draper resident, Terry Behunin, made an emotional plea to the council by telling the story of his son's fight for life after being hit by a drunken driver near a golf course.
Scott Howell, the original organizer of the petition drive to halt the club's requests, said in addition to the risks presented by intoxicated drivers on the winding, steep roads near the course, values of homes in the area would be depreciated.
But for members of the City Council, it all came down to the fact that the city code only allows a Class B license to include beer with meals, and snacks and sandwiches served from the refreshment truck don't count, said councilman Doug Bedke.
Furthermore, the South Mountain Golf Club is within 600 feet of public parks, an elementary school and the future site of an LDS church.
However, the sole voice that took the podium in favor of the club's request said she wonders if people in the area really know the definition of a community.
"A community is a lot of people, not just a few," said Draper resident Melissa Badberg. "What's next? Are they going to regulate what's at the video stores? Or whether the golf course is open on Sundays?"