By Joe Benedict
MVM News Network
MONTROSE – The Lee County Sheriff’s Office will make visits soon to local businesses that sell alcohol to see if they are complying with the law.
Lee County Sheriff Jim Sholl told the Lee County Board of Supervisors Tuesday that a grant given to the Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services will help with the compliance checks.
The sheriff’s office will spend up to $4,136 for the checks and then ADDS will reimburse the county for the cost.
Sholl said there will be two types of checks.
The first will send underage buyers into an establishment with their legitimate identification and have them attempt to buy alcohol. There will be 44 of these types of checks.
The second type of check will be on regular citizens. They are being called “shoulder tap” checks.
In this scenario, an underage person will ask someone outside of a place that sells alcohol to purchase them some alcohol for some extra money.
Sholl said there will be 66 of these types of checks.
An officer is taking some training to prepare for the compliance checks. Sholl said he doesn’t know when the checks will start, but the program will be over by the end of June.
There will be some educational opportunities for businesses as well. These could be similar to the tobacco compliance classes the county used to offer until that program became an online course.
Sholl said he does not yet know if these classes will be online or in person.
In other business, the supervisors canvassed the 2012 general election vote.
The lengthy process certifies the vote for the election that was held last Tuesday. All the numbers checked out between was the official count and the precinct counts.
Supervisor Janet Fife-LaFrenz shared good news from the county E-911 board. She said Henry County is discussing a contract with Lee County to use five connections in the 911 Viper System. The system has many more connections than Lee County needs and thanks to secure Internet connections, other counties can use the equipment for their 911 equipment. It will save money for Henry County because it won’t have to buy it’s own equipment and provide some revenue for Lee County.