Sec. 6-6. – Closing hours.

Between the hours of 12:00 midnight on Saturday till 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, from 12:00 midnight on Sunday till 6:00 a.m. on Monday, and on all other days of the week between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. the following morning, it shall be unlawful for any retail dealer to sell, offer to sell, dispense or give away any beverages of either low or high alcoholic content beverage within the city.

(Ord. No. 901, § 1, 1-5-04; Ord. No. 906, 7-6-04)

Sec. 6-8. – Drinking in public places.

(a)   It shall be unlawful for any person to consume alcoholic beverages of high or low alcoholic content on any public streets, parks, or highways, on any parking lots, streets, sidewalks, alleys, buildings, including any public school building, school grounds, football stadium, gymnasium or any place of amusement holding a retail occupational license form the city, including skating rinks, bowling alleys, theaters, dance-halls, pool-halls, amusement centers, places of business where the public is invited, and other public places as defined herein, in the city.

(b)   It shall be unlawful for any person conducting a business in the city, his employees or agents, including all holders of city occupational retail licenses, all places of amusement, including skating rinks, bowling alleys, theaters, dance-halls, amusement centers, places of business where the public is invited, such as washaterias, and other public places as defined herein, in the city, to knowingly permit patrons or anyone to possess or consume alcoholic beverages or have “open containers” on the premises.

(Ord. No. 901, § 1, 1-5-04)

Sec. 6-71. – Alcoholic beverage handling employee card; required application.

(a)   It shall be unlawful for any alcoholic beverage permit holder to allow any employee to handle, sell or serve alcoholic beverages of high or low alcoholic content for consumption on the premises of any restaurant, unless such employee is in possession of an alcoholic beverage handling employee card issued under the authority of this chapter. Before employing a person to handle, sell or serve alcoholic beverages, the permit holder shall notify the city clerk of the intended employment and shall have such person obtain an alcoholic beverage handling employee card prior to handling, selling or serving alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises of any restaurant for which a permit is required by this chapter. The permit holder shall also notify the police department upon termination of any alcoholic beverage handling employee.

(b)   It shall be unlawful for any employee to handle, sell or serve alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises of any restaurant for which a permit is required by this chapter unless such employee has in his or her possession a current valid alcoholic beverage handling employee card and displays it upon demand of any law enforcement officer or agent.

(c)   For the purpose of this section, the term “possession” shall mean the employee shall have the card on his or her person. The employer shall also maintain on file a copy of the current card for all current employees. In the event the employee does not have the card on his or her person, but the employer has the card on file, it shall not be considered a violation of this section by the employer.

(Ord. No. 901, § 1, 1-5-04)

Sec. 6-72. – Qualifications of applicant.

(a)   Each applicant for a Class AR-B or AR-B&L alcoholic beverage handling employee card shall meet the following qualifications and conditions:

(1)   They must be a person of good character and reputation and 18 years of age or older.

(2)   If the person has been convicted of a felony under the laws of the United States, the State of Louisiana, or any other state or country, they will not be eligible until the expiration of the sentence, including probation and parole. This provision shall not apply to a conviction for which the applicant has received a first offense pardon under the laws of this state, the United States, or any other state.

(3)   They have not been convicted in the last two years in this or in any other state, or the United States or any other country of soliciting for prostitution, pandering, letting premises for prostitution, contributing to the delinquency of juveniles, keeping a disorderly place, illegally dealing in controlled dangerous substances or any violation of the controlled dangerous substance statute.

(4)   They must not have been convicted of an offense within the last two years or of two or more violations of the provisions of any municipal or parish ordinance, state law, or the United States law relating to alcoholic beverages.

(5)   He must not have had a dealer’s permit revoked in the last three years which was issued in his name or in the name of a partnership of which he was a partner or in the name of a corporation in which he was a stockholder.

(6)   He must not have had his alcoholic beverage handling employee card revoked within the last two years.

(7)   An applicant must certify in writing on a form approved by the city clerk that prior to issuance of an ABO card, he or she has read and is familiar with and will comply with the requirements of this article and of this chapter.

(b)   Each applicant for an alcoholic beverage handling employee card shall meet all of the qualifications set forth in subsection (a) of this section, provided, however, that the requirements of subsections (a)(4), (5), and (6) may be waived the city clerk for good cause and a site-specific ABO card may be issued with written approval of the owner/manager of the business.

(Ord. No. 901, § 1, 1-5-04)

Sec. 6-73. – Issuance or denial.

(a)   The city clerk is hereby authorized to issue, without delay, an alcoholic beverage handling employee card when, in his discretion, he finds the applicant to be qualified. If the city clerk disapproves such application, he shall notify the applicant in writing and state the reasons for such disapproval. Any applicant aggrieved by the decision of the city clerk may, within ten days from the date such decision is rendered, appeal to the city council by filing a written request with the clerk for review by the council of such decision. The temporary alcoholic beverage handling card issued shall be valid until such time the appeal is heard by the city council.

(b)   The city council shall give the applicant and the city clerk or his designee an opportunity to be heard in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and shall thereafter affirm, modify, or reverse the decision of the city clerk. For good cause shown, the city council may waive one or more of the qualifications, and grant the issuance of the card.

(c)   Any person denied an alcoholic beverage handling employee card will not be allowed to reapply for at least six months from the date of denial.

(Ord. No. 901, § 1, 1-5-04)

Sec. 6-74. – Contents.

A card issued pursuant to this division shall contain the picture and fingerprints of the person to whom it is issued.

(Ord. No. 901, § 1, 1-5-04)

Sec. 6-75. – Fees and terms.

(a)   Alcoholic beverage handling employee cards shall expire two years from the date of issuance.

(b)   A processing fee of $20.00 will be charged for a new alcoholic beverage handling employee card application.

(c)   A processing fee of $20.00 will be charged for a renewal application of an existing alcoholic beverage handling employee card.

(d)   In the event a card is denied, the fee will not be refunded.

(Ord. No. 901, § 1, 1-5-04)

Sec. 6-76. – Valid on premises of any permit holder; exception.

Unless otherwise provided by the city clerk or the city council, a card for an alcoholic beverage employee shall be good and valid for use on the premises of any alcoholic beverage permit holder, provided that the permit holder has notified the police department of the name and address of the alcoholic beverage handling employee card holder prior to the employee’s employment