The Business of the City: Miscellaneous

Friday, June 13, 2014

MENACE TO SOCIETY...AGAIN

SCENE OF THE CRIMES
The city council will be granting renewals/non-renewals of liquor licenses  at the Monday, June 16 council meeting at the Municipal Courthouse at 8:00 PM. The community needs to come out to voice any concerns it may have. 

In August of 2013, I wrote a blog post on what I viewed as the "menace to society" created by the crime-ridden Clinton Deli & Liquors, located on West Front Street in the Fourth Ward. Not only did the owners allow drugs to be sold and criminality to continue at their store, but they (Naicken and his daughter) were ARRESTED for selling alcohol to a minor and drugs from behind the counter. In our council packets were all the documents--including their MUG SHOTS from the arrests--which I made sure everyone took a second look at.  See my post here. 

Unbelievably, several councilors (Reid, Rivers, and Greaves) defended Naicken, saying that he deserved "another chance" and that he was a tax payer in the city. A quick look at the tax records will show that some were in arrears to the tune of thousands of dollars--but some councilors don't care about whether business owners pay their taxes--many don't care to pay their own taxes in a timely fashion or at all--hypocrisy reigns. It was only because of public pressure that those councilors backed down from the indefensible position they originally took (much like the pressure brought to bear upon them to change their stance regarding the Liberty Village PILOT).

This year, the police have once again urged non-renewal of the menace's liquor license. The council should unanimously support the police position. Any councilor who thinks that the desires of the owners who continue to break the law and allow criminality in their store should outweigh Plainfield's public safety needs to consider his or her duty to the residents of this city. I will repeat some of what I said last year:   

From August 15, 2013: "The owner has shown contempt and disregard for the law here in Plainfield, and the fact that BOTH THE OWNER AND HIS DAUGHTER WERE RECENTLY ARRESTED AT THE STORE FOR SELLING ALCOHOL TO A MINOR AND DRUGS (!!!), respectively, shows that they feel they can do whatever they want.It is OUTRAGEOUS to even consider allowing these individuals to continue to endanger our kids and our community! 

A liquor license is a privilege, not a right. [Naicken] has abused that privilege--being part and parcel of the criminality that he allows to occur in his store. Since the Monday council meeting, I have heard from 4th Ward residents [and many others since] who expressed that they will be happy if the council denies the menace a liquor license."

Rebecca

2 comments:

  1. Yess!! great point council woman. You should also plan an investigation on all the other bars who let underage people come into the establishment and allow them to drink! Something has to be done about this matter.

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  2. To Anonymous at 1:07 PM:

    As a councilperson, I cannot conduct this sort of investigation. It has to be done by law enforcement personnel--the Plainfield Police Division does investigate--they also do surprise inspections--this is how some establishments have been caught. We have ABC (Alcohol Beverage Control) Board hearings every year--the police report to the ABC board on every incident, and some liquor establishments have been cited for violations such as underage drinking, having underage servers, health code violations, and so on. I have only been on the council since 2011, so I have only been to the 3 hearings held since then. The licenses are all up for renewal this coming Monday, June 16--please come to the meeting to make your voice heard.

    Rebecca

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