The Audit for Fiscal Year 2023 was conducted by Hinkle + Landers. The report was filed timely and has been approved for release by the Office of the State Auditor. We are proud to inform you that an unmodified opinion was issued for both the financial statements and the federal awards. There is one finding for the City of Gallup in this report.
Finance and City Management will continue to work hard at ensuring we continue to maintain proper reporting with good controls, policies and adherence to those controls and policies.
King Dragon 1212, LLC (“King Dragon”) submitted a Restaurant Liquor License Application to the State’s Regulation & Licensing Department on November 17, 2023. A copy of the Application is attached. In summary, the Application seeks approval for the issuance of a new Restaurant A – Beer and Wine Liquor License with on premise consumption to King Dragon for licensed premises at 1212 US 491; Gallup, New Mexico. The City has been informed that licensed premises is currently in use as a restaurant location, and that the Application has been submitted due to change in ownership or control. The Director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division of the State’s Regulation & Licensing Department has reviewed the Application. The Director granted preliminary approval on or about December 22, 2023, notice of which was received by the City Clerk on January 2, 2024.
This matter is before the Council for quasi-judicial hearing on the question whether the Department should approve or disapprove the Application. The City’s hearing power derives from its status as a Local Option District under the Liquor Control Act, Chapter 60, Articles 3A, 5A, 6A, 6B, 6C, 6E, 7A, 7B and 8A NMSA. Certain procedures attending the hearing and the standards by which the Application may be approved or disapproved are set forth in NMSA 60-6B-4. Under that provision, a hearing must occur within forty-five (45) days after the City’s receipt of a notice of the Director’s preliminary approval. If the City’s decision is to approve or disapprove the Application, notice must be given to the Director within thirty (30) days following the hearing and, in the case of disapproval, the notice must set forth the reasons for disapproval and include a copy of the minutes of the hearing. If the City does not approve or disapprove the Application within thirty (30) days following the hearing, the Director may approve the Application.