PITTSFIELD -- The city Licensing Board wants operators of the Berkshire Softball Center on East Street to come up with plans to better monitor the fields, after an incident Sept. 3 involving an intoxicated man who was eventually arrested.
The board held a show-cause hearing last week concerning the seasonal wine and malt restaurant license held by the operators, in the name of manager Molly Montemagni.
During the hearing, Pittsfield Police Lt. Michael Grady said police had received two anonymous calls about alleged "over-serving" of alcohol at the bar in a building at the softball complex.
Another anonymous call concerning a player who was intoxicated and causing a disturbance on the field was received on Sept. 3, Grady said, and investigators in plainclothes responded around 8 p.m. to assess the situation.
Grady said he watched the man, who he said had been "kicked off the field by his own team," walk to a vehicle in the parking lot and return with an alcoholic drink in a can.
According to the report from officers, the man was observed creating a disturbance "and at one point threw a punch at a female," Grady said.
Officers then confronted the man, displayed their badges and tried to calm him down, Grady said, then tried to get him to leave the field. The man "squared off with officers," and eventually was taken down by officers, handcuffed and transported to the police station.
Board members pressed attorney Jeffrey Lynch, representing the license-holder, and employees on how the incident could have escalated.
"It is not a big place," Dana Doyle said, asking why no one noticed the disturbance or heard about it and reported it to police.
Lynch said the bar area does not allow a view of the fields, and although the operators do check the parking lot for "tailgate" drinking -- which he said is not allowed -- no one checked the fields during the 15- to 20-minute disturbance.
The man was not in the bar and wasn't served there, the attorney said.
He added that the operators have instituted rules, such as no alcohol being brought in coolers and no drinking in the dugouts, in an attempt to head off problems.
Board members Thomas Campoli and Robert Quattrochi said the operators have to take responsibility for what is going on throughout the complex, which has now closed for the 2013 season.
Lynch said that is the intent of the license-holder, and he said a written plan for better monitoring the fields and other outdoor areas will be prepared in time for the next board meeting.
The hearing was tabled until that time.
Chairman Carmen C. Massimiano also said he was surprised Montemagni did not appear at the hearing, saying he wanted to continue the hearing in part to hear from her in person. It was the first time he could remember the board being "blown off" by a license-holder at such a hearing, he said.
Lynch said an important employment-related conference at another job prevented her from attending the board session Monday.
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