Overall police activity at liquor establishments in the city of Rochester was down slightly in 2016 from 2015, with only minor corrections needed for building regulations, Rochester Police Chief Steven Schettenhelm said on Monday, March 13, in an annual report to city council members.
City code requires inspections of liquor establishments in the city on an annual basis. The inspections include a list of all police and fire activity or contacts at each establishment, as well as a building inspection, tax status and any issues or contacts with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. The report, which is compiled by the city's police chief, is presented to council members each year.
"We go through and look at police activity at all of our licensed liquor establishments," Schettenhelm said. "We also look at, myself and the building official, any kind of safety and liquor license violations, and those are noted here in the report, as well."
The report included 21 liquor establishments in the city. Schettenhelm said all issues regarding building codes were minor.
"It's important to note that for almost every licensed liquor establishment, police activity is down. Also, building violations were usually very minor in nature, like an 'EXIT' light is out, or something like that, showing that our establishment owners have a commitment to safety and have been very appreciative of our suggestions and those inspections."
Police and fire activity incidents included in the annual report range from routine patrol checks, medical calls, after-hour alarms and vehicle lock-outs, to complaints about noise, disorderly or troublesome patrons, thefts, fights and other incidents. Police note that activity in the report may not be complete, and calls may not have been related directly to the establishment, but rather the address that police or fire responders recorded in the call for service.
Establishments that had incidents included in the report were Main Street Billiards, 215 S. Main Street, which had 50 calls for service in the last year, including a strong-arm robbery, two thefts, one fight, an assault, and a disorderly conduct incident; O'Connor's, 324 S. Main, which had 21 calls for service, including a noise complaint and an embezzlement. The Fraternal Order of Eagles, at 650 Woodward, had one call for service, but was issued a warning from the Michigan Liquor License Control Commission (MLCC) for an insurance issue, although it was not a liquor license violation, as did Bologna Via Cucina, 334 S. Main....continued on page 2