[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Coventry 11-12-1991 by Ord. No. 9-91-0181 as Ch. 8, Art. I, Secs. 8-2 through 8-4, of the 1991 Code; amended in its entirety 8-21-2017 by Ord. No. 05-17-317. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 2-25-2019 by Ord. No. 01-19-325]
Pursuant to R.I.G.L. § 3-5-8, the issuance of Class C liquor licenses shall be permitted in the Town of Coventry, provided that the Council shall have the authority to issue Class C license(s) as the Town Council, in its discretion, shall deem appropriate, and subject to such conditions and limitations, including a limit on the number of such Class C licenses it shall issue, as the Town Council may deem necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare, provided that such licenses shall be issued subject to R.I.G.L. § 3-7-8, as the same shall be amended from time to time and provided further that such Class C licenses shall be subject to § 89-9 of the Code of Ordinances of the Town of Coventry.
All persons keeping, maintaining or in any way in charge of any shop, saloon, victualling house, tavern, bar place of resort, including the holders of a liquor license, within the limits of the Town shall close such shop, saloon victualling house, tavern, bar or other place of resort, including any premises issued a liquor license, not later than 1:00 a.m.
All patrons shall leave the licensed premises not later than 1:20 a.m. where the licensee is permitted to remain open until 1:00 a.m. Last call shall be at 12:45 a.m. For the purposes of this article, "last call" shall mean the time when the customers are told they cannot order any more alcoholic beverages, intoxicating beverages, or malt beverages.
All employees shall leave the licensed premises within one hour after the required closing time, provided the owner or employees may enter or be in a licensed establishment at any time for a legitimate business purpose with notification to the local police department.
The owner or employees may not consume alcoholic, intoxicating or malt beverages on the premises after the legal closing time (1:00 a.m., unless another time is set by the local liquor licensing board) or before the legal opening time.
Other than for a legitimate business purpose, no one, other than the owner, employees, or law enforcement personnel shall be admitted to the licensed premises after the required closing time or before legal opening time.
Rules and regulations:
Liquor licenses must be posted in plain view and shown to any authorized person upon demand.
A telephone in good working order must be maintained by all licensee holders on the main floor within each licensed building.
All fights, disturbances or other violations shall be reported to the Coventry Police Department immediately by the licensee or employees of the licensee.
The holders of liquor licenses with victualling privileges may open for the sale of food and nonalcoholic beverages before the allowable time to dispense alcoholic beverages. However, any violations of liquor privileges will be cause for immediate suspension of all license privileges.
When music is being played, whether by jukebox, disc jockey or a live group, sound levels shall comply with the noise ordinance.
All alcohol servers shall be required to produce proof or attendance at a nationally recognized substance abuse program upon request of the Town Clerk or Police Department and on an annual basis thereafter.
No shop, store, restaurant or other place of trade shall have any curtain, drapery, screen or other device so placed as to obscure the view through the window from the street or sidewalk into such shop, store, restaurant or other place of trade while such place is open for business. All glass in the windows of any shop, store, restaurant or other place of trade shall be transparent.
All persons, partnerships or corporations which manufacture asphalt and/or asphalt products and/or cement and/or cement products or produce or process firewood or mulch using raw materials from without the property used for production or processing within the limits of the Town shall close such operation Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., Saturdays between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight, unless a license for extended operating hours has been granted by the Coventry Town Council following a public hearing. It shall be unlawful for any such asphalt or cement plant or firewood or mulch processing or production facility to operate on Sundays. The Town Council may permit operation outside of the above permitted hours following a public hearing for a period not to exceed 10 days per calendar year and notification of the Town's Police Chief at least 72 hours in advance of said operation. For purposes of this section "operation" shall include without limitation "warming up" machinery and queuing or loading trucks.
The Town Council shall not grant such license until a public hearing shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Town for not less than once per week for two successive weeks prior to the day of hearing.
A filing fee of $50 plus advertising fees shall be paid by the applicant at the time of application for such license. Such licenses must be renewed annually.
The applicant shall in its application for such extended hours state the reasons and shall include the nature of the business to be conducted during the extended hours, the need for such extended hours, and any restrictions to be placed on the business operation during such extended hours to minimize the effect on other property in the neighborhood.
After such hearing, the Town Council shall have the authority to grant the license, grant the license with reasonable restrictions as it alone shall determine, or deny said license.
Any violation of the hours set forth in Subsection A of this section shall result in the violator being subject to a fine of up to $500 for a first offense, up to $1,000 for a second offense and up to $1,500 for a third and/or subsequent offense.
For a third and/or subsequent offense, the Town Council, at its option, may require the operator of said asphalt plant or cement plant, or firewood or mulch production/processing facility to appear before it to show cause why its license should not be suspended.