City cracks down on booze at complex

The alcohol consumption policy for the Cariboo Memorial Complex will be strictly enforced from now on in.

The alcohol consumption policy for the Cariboo Memorial Complex will be strictly enforced from now on in. Last week council received a report from director of community services Geoff Paynton alerting that despite continued efforts to work with user groups, alcohol is being illegally consumed at the complex.

“In order to ensure user groups take this issue seriously, the existing policy, with clear sanctions, will be strictly enforced in the 2012-2013 season,” Paynton stated.

Coun. Laurie Walters discussed the four steps in the penalty process.

The first offence will result in a written warning outlining the infraction and clarifying penalty steps.

A second offence would lead to a one-week cancellation of all bookings for the entire league or group without a refund, while the third offence would see a two-week cancellation of all bookings for the entire league or group with no refund.

Finally, a fourth offence would see suspension of the entire league or group pending a review by Central Cariboo/City of Williams Lake Joint Committee.

“This is something we are taking very seriously. It is going to be a trick to enforce; we know it’s a harsh method. However, it just can’t continue with the use of alcohol when it’s not permitted,” Walters said.

Staff will review the policy with all user groups so it’s clear, she added.

Council endorsed the recommendation unanimously.