Pelham Council denies request after background check

A Pelham restaurant was denied a liquor license after a police background check showed the applicant lied on his application.

The Pelham City Council voted unanimously at Monday’s meeting to deny Celso A. Duarte’s request for a Retail Beer (on of off premises) license for San Salvador Restaurant located on U.S. Highway 31.

Mayor Bobby Hayes said the applicant

stated he had no arrests or a criminal record in a sworn affidavit on his ABC liquor license application.

However, according to Mayor Hayes, a background check by the Pelham Police Department showed Duarte had a prior conviction in 1992 that he failed to list.

Duarte, a Pelham resident, was not in attendance at the meeting.

In other action at the meeting the council:

4 Voted to authorize a cash advance of $1,500 for Pelham Police Lt. Larry Palmer to attend the FBI National Academy, located on the United States Marine Corps Base at Quantico, Va. Palmer will particpate in the 11-week Field Police Training program offered for upper- and mid-level law enforcement.

4 Announced Pelham Pride Day will be April 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Pelham City Park Pavilion.

4 Announced the Pelham City Council will meet April 8 at 7 p.m. instead of April 15 due to the Alabama League of Municipalities meeting in Mobile.

4 Proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Pelham.

Council corrects speed limit error on Hwy. 33

4Corrected a speed limit error on Shelby County Highway 33 in Pelham. Mayor Bobby Hayes said the speed limit sign showed a 45 mile-per-hour limit in one direction and a 35 mph limit in the other direction.

The Pelham City Council voted Monday night to correct the error, making the section of road 35 miles per hour, except within school zonings during school hours where 25 mph will be enforced