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Chris Allen <[log in to unmask]>
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Student Government Association News and Issues <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 31 Mar 1999 13:45:49 -0500
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Hi Matt-
Nice follow up.
That's the kind of real information we need.

At 10:34 AM 3/31/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Hey -
>  I just talked with a Mr. Gene Bergman, Assistant City Attorney for the
>city of Burlington.  He was very informative.
>  First, I don't know what the rumors floating around are, but let me
>dispel and verify some of them:
>  1)  Once clubs downtown begin to impose this resolution, they will not
>necessarily close their doors to minors forever.  As it's stated, they may
>still have 18+ nights, but on those nights they are not allowed to serve
>alcohol.  I hope this dispels the rumor that those under 21 won't be able
>to enjoy any club scene at all EVER after this is resolution implemented.
>Mr. Bergman has no knowledge as to how many clubs will decide to keep 18+
>nights in their agenda.
>  2)  This resolution has been taking effect on all new licenses after
>December 7, 1998 (when the resolution was passed by the City Council).
>Currently, there are two establishments that must abide by this law - Club
>Extreme and Bottlenecks.
>  3)  Also, the licenses for all other establishments downtown will expire
>on April 30, 1999.  Therefore, on May 1, all clubs downtown will have new
>licenses and must abide by this resolution.  This is contrary to the rumor
>I've been hearing that March 31, 1999 (today) will be the last day of
>downtown freedom.
>  Also, Mr. Bergman told me that the Liquor Control Committee (a City
>Council sub-committee) will be reviewing the effectiveness of this
>resolution upon Extreme and Bottlenecks in April.
>  I proposed to Mr. Bergman for him to come and speak to the SGA on this
>topic.  He made it clear that he would consider speaking with us, should he
>be given a spot on the agenda with a clearly defined topic (I guess he
>wants to avoid getting into a long-winded argument).  My understanding is
>that he would be glad to provide information and answer questions, but not
>to defend himself the City's motives.
>  I hope this is helpful ...
>Matthew B. Storer                            "Sometimes I can't help but
>Phi Delta Theta, Vermont Alpha Chapter        think to myself:
>439 College Street, Burlington, VT            Are colors real, or just a
>                                              pigment of my imagination?"
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