In Tuesday’s City Council Technical Review meeting, which lasted all of nine minutes, there will be some interesting things to look forward to at the February 10 regular council meeting.
Among the items is one that would approve a temporary closure plan and non-operational status of the liquor license for what is currently the 19th Hole Bar & Restaurant at 550 El Dorado Road. The item was requested by the business owner, Todd Peterson, who is working through a Las Vegas realtor to sell the property. The potential client would be the development company that owns and operates Dotty’s Tavern throughout the area.
According to a phone call with Peterson on Monday, nothing has been finalized yet and he hasn’t spoken with the development company about the future of the business. “For right now, they (the development company) are in their ‘due diligence’ period,” he said. It may be assumed that if council approves the temporary closure plan that the sale will go through and Dotty’s will take on the location.
Either way, Peterson says it will be business as usual, at least for the next couple of weeks.
The move for Dotty’s is thought to be a reaction to recent laws and regulations that have been aimed primarily at them, because nearly all of their revenue is from gaming. By taking over ownership at the 19th Hole, which has 50 machines, they would be able to be grandfathered in and obtain a tavern license, instead of the current Class A license they have which only allows for 15 machines. However, if the item is not approved, chances are that the sale would not go through. During the tech review meeting, Mayor Al Litman stated that he would most likely open that item up to public comment.
The only other potentially lengthy item on the agenda is for the discussion and possible action regarding the City of Mesquite’s agreement with Mesquite Regional Business, Inc. (MRB). The item was requested by both Litman and Councilman Kraig Hafen, to discuss as to the effectiveness of MRB and whether or not the City should continue funding them as originally agreed.
With all of the talks over the past six months of the City being on a tight budget and overspending, MRB has had a target on their back for some time, thanks to some residents who believe that more should have been done by now by MRB to improve the economic climate in Mesquite. Some also claim that MRB, primarily being funded by the City, is subject to the Open Meeting Law, even though the Nevada Attorney General has ruled that they are not due to the sensitive information they keep. They do, however, provide copies upon request for agendas, minutes and detailed financial reports. “We also provide the City with a monthly recap of MRB’s activities since the amended contract in June 2014,” said Gaye Stockman, MRB CEO. “We were no longer required to make public presentations, but we wanted City Council to know what we are doing so we provide monthly reports.”
The decisions at Tuesday’s meeting will determine how far the City wants to go to grow the financial stability in bringing new business to Mesquite.