The Maywood Board of Trustees has take steps to revoke the business license of Falcon Fuel, 201 W. Roosevelt Road, which has been cited for selling illegal cigarettes and drug paraphernalia. | Google Earth
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
During a regular board meeting on Tuesday night, the Maywood Board of Trustees voted unanimously to direct village staff to take steps to revoke the business license of Falcon Fuel, a gas station located at 201 W. Roosevelt Rd.
At the Nov. 1 meeting, village attorney Michael Jurusik said that Falcon has been selling cigarettes purchased in Missouri that don’t contain county or state sales stamps, which is a violation of village ordinances.
Falcon has also been cited twice for selling small plastic baggies that are commonly used to store narcotics, Jurusik said.
In July, the village beefed up its cigarette regulations, unanimously approving amendments to its code of ordinances that make the prohibition of cigarettes sold without proper sales stamps more explicit.
“I’ve gone by [Falcon] several times, sat and watched,” said Trustee Ron Rivers at Tuesday’s meeting. “Drive-up and drive-through is the bulk of their business. They have very few people who pull up to pump their gas. This is a known [establishment] for drug paraphernalia and cigarettes.”
Jurusik recommended that the village formally notify Falcon about its intention to suspend or revoke the establishment’s business license. Jurusik said he’s been working with village staff to compile a history of citations on the gas station.
The revocation or suspension process involves a hearing before the mayor, who makes the final decision on revoking or suspending business licenses.
Jurusik also recommended that the village contact the Illinois Department of Revenue’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation, to request its assistance with prosecuting Falcon and other businesses “that operate in this manner.”
Lastly, the attorney recommended that staff be permitted to undergo a training program that the state offers in regard to investigating and prosecuting the sale of tobacco products.
The board unanimously approved all of Jurusik’s recommendations. Falcon owners couldnt’ be reached for comment, but this story will be updated if they decide to respond on the record to the board’s decision.
Maywood resident Gloria Clay, during the public comment portion of Tuesday’s meeting, suggested that the board go after other possible violators.
“We have other stores [that violate regulations regarding tobacco sales] also and I hope we take a look at those as well,” Clay said. VFP
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