School Board Approves Variance for Military Mess
Prince George, B.C.- The Rocky Mountain Rangers are one step closer to serving alcohol at their Prince George location.
Last night in a 4-2 vote, trustees approved a policy variance to allow the sale of alcohol at their mess at 687 Dornbierer Crescent.
The location was formerly the site of Meadow Elementary School and is now leased by the board of education to the Department of Defence.
The Rocky Mountain Rangers now need approval from the City of Prince George and the B.C. Liquor Board to proceed.
“I understand this vote is just the first step and there will be checks and balances from there,” said trustee Tony Cable in voicing his support.
“I believe we’re dealing with a responsible group,” added trustee Bob Harris.
Howevery trustee Sharel Warrington had some concerns.
“I’m concerned about the sale of alcohol in that location (a neighbourhood). I believe there should be consultation and I haven’t been assured of that,” she said.
“We’ve also had to deny requests in schools before though I have complete confidence that you do good work and have good intentions. ”
“What is our legal obligation,” added trustee Trish Bella, who was also opposed. “It’s our property still.”
Rocky Mountain Rangers spokesperson Eric Depeneau gave assurances they plan to act responsibly though.
“We’re not looking to create a commercial enterprise and increase traffic or anything like that. That would cause complaints from our neighbours. Thus is just for our own members in a secure place.”