Township of Denton, MI
Roscommon County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Board of the Township of Denton at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Amendments noted where applicable.]
A. 
The purpose of this chapter is to secure the public peace, health and safety of the residents and property owners of the Township of Denton, Roscommon County, Michigan, for the regulation of alcoholic liquor traffic within said Township through the enforcement of the Michigan Liquor Control Code of the State of Michigan within said Township; to provide penalties for the violation of said chapter and to repeal all ordinances and parts of ordinances in conflict therewith.
B. 
This chapter shall be known and cited as the "Denton Township Liquor Control Ordinance."
All alcoholic liquor traffic, including, among other things, the manufacture, sale, offer for sale, storage for sale, possession and/or transportation thereof within Denton Township, Roscommon County, Michigan, shall comply with the provisions of the Michigan Liquor Control Code of 1998, being Public Act 58 of 1998, as amended (MCLA § 436.1101, et seq.).
A. 
For the purpose of the enforcement of said Michigan Liquor Control Code within said Township, there is hereby established a Liquor Control Enforcement Department with full power, authority, and duty to see that the provisions of the code and the rules and regulations of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission adopted pursuant to the code are enforced within said Township.
B. 
Such department shall consist of not less than one member of the Denton Township Police Department appointed by the Township Board and such other personnel as the Township Board may, in its discretion, appoint. The personnel of such department shall be entitled to such compensation as the Township Board may determine.
C. 
Such department or a member thereof shall be available at all times to investigate complaints received under this chapter and enforce the provisions hereof.
A. 
The Township Liquor Control Enforcement Department shall inspect, not less than monthly, all liquor establishments licensed under the Liquor Control Code of the State of Michigan and report the results of all inspections promptly to the Township Board.
B. 
The Township Liquor Control Enforcement Department shall further promptly investigate all complaints received by it concerning violations of the Michigan Liquor Control Code or improper operations and practices concerning alcoholic liquor traffic with the Township and report the same to the Township Board and, where appropriate under the Michigan Liquor Control Code, to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, for appropriate proceedings against the violator.
C. 
All inspectors shall carry appropriate cards issued by the Township Clerk clearly identifying them as Township Liquor Control Inspectors and shall present said cards to the owner or manager of every place inspected by them when making an inspection upon demand for identification by such owner or manager.
D. 
Inspectors shall have the right to inspect any place in the Township where alcoholic liquor is manufactured, sold, offered for sale, kept for sale, possessed or transported or where the inspector suspects the same is being thus manufactured, sold, offered for sale, kept for sale, possessed or transported.
E. 
Whenever possible, all inspection reports shall be made on liquor law enforcement forms furnished by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission or on similar forms otherwise obtained by the Township Liquor Control Enforcement Department.
For the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this chapter and establishing the Liquor Control Enforcement Department herein provided for, the Township Board shall appropriate such sums as will be sufficient to maintain and operate such Liquor Control Enforcement Department.
A. 
Any person, other than persons required to be licensed under the Michigan Liquor Control Code, who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 90 days or by a fine of not more than $100 or both, in the discretion of the court. Each day that a violation continues to exist shall constitute a separate offense.
B. 
Any licensees who shall violate any of the provisions of the Michigan Liquor Control Code or any rule or regulation of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission promulgated thereunder, or who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter, and any person who shall prohibit or interfere with the authorized inspection of a member of the Township Liquor Control Enforcement Department shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 90 days or by a fine of not more than $100, or both, in the discretion of the court. Each day that a violation continues to exist shall constitute a separate offense.
C. 
It is the intent of the Township Board that the court, in imposing punishment under the provisions of this chapter, should discriminate between casual or slight violations and habitual sales of alcoholic liquor or attempts to commercialize violations of this chapter or any of the rules or regulations of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission promulgated under the Michigan Liquor Control Code.