The April 3 meeting is 7:30 p.m. in
Licenses for bars, restaurants, liquor stores and social clubs were formerly approved or denied by the seven-member governing body, but the three-member board is expected to review annual licenses starting this year. License holders are subject to inspections by the Police Division and several other city agencies and must be up to date with city fees and sales tax due to the state. The City Clerk's office handles much of the preparation for renewal, including correspondence with licensees and verification of compliance. Most licensees conform with all requirements, but police sometimes recommend denial for infractions such as sale of liquor to minors. The process may then involve hearings.
The three initial nominees have staggered terms. Successors will all have three-year terms. The ordinance also requires one of the three to be of the opposite political party. They are:
- James Perry, who cites extensive board service on his resume in addition to being the founding Chief Financial Officer of the Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority, serving from 1996 to 2013. His board affiliations include 23 years with Union County College,and 28 years with King's Daughters Day School. He was former chair of the Plainfield Redevelopment Authority and a founding member of the Plainfield Business Development Corp. A Democrat, he is nominated for the initial three-year term.
- David Graves, a repairer with the State of New Jersey, having previous managerial and technical positions in entertainment and manufacturing. Though not noted on his resume, Graves is well-known for community activities as well. He is a Democrat and is nominated for the two-year term.
- Oscar Riba, who is now vice president of Two Sigma Investments, LLC but who gained knowledge of ABC regulations as owner/operator of a New York bar for a decade ending in 2012. According to the resolution, he is a Republican and is nominated for a one-year initial term.
See more details on the ABC board in my January preview.
License renewals are supposed to take place by June 30, but may be held up if licensees have not paid fees or taxes or if hearings are involved.
See the April 3 meeting agenda here.