CLINTON — A local bar, Manning’s Whistle Stop, has been found in violation of Iowa’s Smokefree Air Act and is set to serve a suspension and pay a fine.

According to Lynn Walding, director of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, Manning’s has agreed to serve a seven-day suspension and pay a $1,000 fine under a tentative settlement.

The settlement should be finalized within the week, with the beginning date of the suspension yet to be determined, Walding said.

According to a hearing complaint issued by the Iowa Attorney General to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, 22 complaints were issued against Manning’s, 416 N. Second St.

Complaints were filed with the Iowa Department of Public Health, stating that Manning’s had permitted smoking on its premises.

The IDPH issued three Notices of Potential Violation monthly from July 2008 to September 2008 to owner Loren Manning.

According to complaints, on two separate occasions in August and September, officers of the Clinton Police Department observed individuals smoking inside Manning’s, violating the Smokefree Air Act.

Officers also observed that employees did nothing to correct the violation.

According to the hearing complaint, Manning’s continuing failure to comply with the act was sufficient grounds for either suspension or revocation of its liquor license.

Under the settlement, Walding indicated that Manning’s must also agree to ongoing compliance with the Smokefree Air Act.

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