SHERIDAN — With no applicants for the bar and grill liquor license coming in by the deadline last month, officials with the city of Sheridan will look for alternative ways to utilize the opportunity given by the state for increased business.
Interim city clerk Cecilia Good presented four possible options for the two unused bar and grill liquor licenses in the city’s possession.
The city could retain one license, similar to what Cody did with its additional bar and grill liquor license, for future economic development purposes, then advertise for only one license. The city could also choose to keep the two license applications open indefinitely or advertise for both licenses with a deadline stretching into the spring of 2018. Good’s final suggestion was to address the fee structure immediately, although no interested businesses suggested this was the reason for not submitting an application in the time allotted.
“My staff’s recommendation is that we re-advertise for a longer time period to get some applicants for the bar and grill licenses with a deadline in spring,” Good said. “At that time, if we don’t receive any applications, we could reevaluate that fee structure.”
Sheridan City Councilor Rich Bridger said he liked the idea of holding one license for economic development.
“I like the idea of holding the one in your pocket in case you have that one special chain or whatever comes into town and use it as an attractive for that,” Bridger said.
The decision on how to proceed will go before Sheridan City Council at its Dec. 4 meeting.