Alcohol policy sought for CA

Panel urges limits on serving drinks at functions

October 22, 2006|By Tyrone Richardson | Tyrone Richardson,Sun reporter

A Columbia Association committee will recommend that the association's board of directors adopt a policy on serving alcohol at its events.

The board asked the committee to form an alcohol policy after voting down a motion last month to prohibit the association from buying alcohol to serve at its events.

The CA Performance Oversight committee drafted and approved during its meeting Thursday a policy that would "ensure that when alcoholic beverages are served at CA events and functions, steps will be taken to ensure they are served in a responsible manner," according to the written document.

The policy would limit the association to purchasing alcohol for volunteer functions and employee appreciation events.

It would forbid the association from serving alcohol at its retreats.

The action was a response to questioning by Cynthia Coyle, the board member for Harper's Choice. Coyle said she was at a retreat in the spring where alcohol was served without supervision. She asked whether the CA had a policy for serving alcohol at its functions and was told there wasn't one.

"I'm satisfied with the policy," Coyle said. "I originally said no funding of alcohol, and I have not changed that, but if you give me a choice of [no policy] or this policy, I will go for the policy that puts limitations."

A committee report said the CA staff could not estimate how much the association spends each year on alcohol but that the association spent a total of $3,000 for a holiday party and an annual summer picnic.

In other actions, the committee tabled discussion about the association's changing its easement approval policy. The committee chairman said the panel will continue discussion when it receives a requested legal opinion about the current policy that gives association President Maggie J. Brown the authority to approve easements.

The approval policy came under scrutiny when Phil Marcus, the board member for Kings Contrivance, questioned Brown's approval of easements for the 23-story lakeside residential and retail tower in downtown Columbia.

tyrone.richardson@baltsun.com

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