New wine room coming to Hollister

City leaders approve ABC liquor license

COMING SOON The location of a former ladies apparel shop at 620 San Benito Street will be transformed into a destination wine room in the heart of Hollister's downtown district. The city council Monday approved an ABC alcohol license for the site.

The Hollister City Council approved an ABC liquor license for the upcoming Epicenter Wine Room in downtown Hollister.

According to the staff report, San Andreas Beverage Company, LLC applied for a winegrower type two license.

The new wine tasting spot will be located at 620 San Benito Street, Suite A.

The city council Monday also approved a portion of Monterey Street to temporarily shut down throughout the school year for San Benito High School dances and events.

The high school requested the temporary street closure from the city council in previous years.

According to the staff report, this will the high school to have better security at school functions and prevents cruising and loitering of non-students around the area.4

The street closure will stretch from Palmtag Drive to Nash Road from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on the following dates: Friday September 1 (Freshman Reception Dance), Saturday October 21 (Homecoming Dance), Saturday December 2 (Winter Dance), Saturday January 27 (Homecoming Dance), Saturday February 10 (Valentine’s Dance) and Saturday March 10 (MORP Dance).

San Benito High School notified impacted residents.


In Other News

Council members approved an amendment to a site lease agreement for a cell tower on city-owned property at 420 Hill Street.

The city originally entered into a contract for the cell tower with SMR of California, Inc, also known as Nextel Communications in 1997.

The amendment applies to American Tower Asset Sub, LLC, the successor to the original lessee Nextel Communications.

The amendment changes the original rent of $1,200 a month to $3,630.69 a month and is subject to a six percent increase each year.

Total revenue expected over the initial five-year term is around $217,841.40, not accounting for the six percent annual increase.

The city will also receive a one-time payment of $100,000.

American Tower Asset Sub, LLC also agreed agreed to share 50 percent of all revenue obtained from any rent received from sub lessees or licensee who use the property for communication purposes.

The amended agreement officially commences on October 1 of this year and expires October 1, 2022.

However, the staff report notes that American Tower Asset Sub, LLC will have the opportunity to renew the lease up to eight, five-year renewal terms.

At Monday’s meeting, the council approved a job description and salary range for the position of Human Resources Technician I in the Human Resources department.


They also approved the recruitment process for the positions of HR Analyst and HR Manager.

Administrative Services Director Brett Miller explained the department would open up three positions, but would only hire one candidate.

“We wanted to open up all three positions, have people apply and then pick the best candidate and fit them in the right category that we feel is most appropriate and best fit for the city,” Miller said.


Both Hollister council members and San Benito County supervisors approved sending out a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new trash and recycling contract this week.

The San Juan Bautista City Council approved the RFP process at their August 15 meeting.

San Benito County, the City of Hollister and the City of San Juan Bautista are part of a joint franchise agreement with Recology that’s set to expire June 30, 2018.

Both Hollister and the county included an amendment in their approval that would award points to any operators who would consider establishing a local yard in the county.

Currently, Recology operates out of a facility in Gilroy, which is why a local yard wasn’t made mandatory.

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