A July 12 hearing has been set to consider charges that the Fort Douglas-Hidden Valley Country Club violated the state's liquor laws, apparently during last February's Presi-dent's Ball.
The state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has recommended that the club, adjacent to the University of Utah, lose its private club license to serve alcohol for 120 days.The complaint filed by the attorney general's office alleges that six counts of violations to the state's liquor laws occurred Feb. 6 and 7, including the serving of alcoholic drinks to minors.
Club Manager Thomas Dullien said no comment on charges would be made until after the hearing. Dullien said that during the dates in question, the President's Ball, an annual dinner-dance for members, was being held.
Department Operations Manger Dennis Kellen also declined to discuss the charges. Kellen said that alcoholic beverage control commissioners have considered the serving of alcohol to minors one of the most serious offenses the holder of a liquor license can commit.
Besides that charge, the club is also accused of allowing employees to drink on the job, allowing minors to dispense drinks, serving intoxicated patrons, failing to secure liquor in a locked storage area and selling drinks after midnight.
Dullien said the club will file a response to the charges before the hearing, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control offices.
Assistant Attorney General Stan Olsen said the hearing is required by law because of the length of suspension proposed. A final decision whether to suspend the club's license will be made by the commission at a future meeting.
The Fort Douglas-Hidden Valley Country Club has two locations. The East Bench Club House, where the violations are alleged to have taken place, is at 2 N. Medical Drive. The other club is in Draper.
Dullien said that the clubs are not affiliated with the military base near the East Bench Club House.