St. Boni Council helps local business

By Emily Hedges

The St. Boni City Council wants to use government to make things easier, not more difficult for local business. During the Aug. 15 regular meeting, members assured Carol Peterson of Tommy Sue’s Tavern, located at 4124 Main St., they will make the necessary changes to city code to allow sale of alcoholic beverages on the bar’s new patio area.

“We would like to initiate this change because it’s good for the community, not because it’s good for one person,” said Mayor Rick Weible.

Members believe that it may be as simple as applying for a special rider to the liquor license to cover consumption, service and sales on the enclosed patio area. The next step is for the council to give direction to City Attorney Larry Harris, who will advise them on the most efficient way to make the change. Weible stressed that this change will not affect the current requirement for permits for special events.

St. Boni wants to keep city sports fields looking good

St. Boni fields are popular with local organizations like Waconia Community Education and Mound-Westonka schools. The St. Boni Planning Commission and Council are in agreement that fields are meant to be used by kids, but they want to make sure they are managing the assets appropriately.

The first priority is to make sure fields are kept in the best condition possible. This is why the Parks and Planning Commission members are looking into field rotations and different types of seeds and fertilizers. They also plan to research how other communities handle high field usage and what they charge. Currently, St. Boni does not charge for use of their fields.

“If we’re not charging and the other communities are, we need to look at that,” said Council Member Joe Arwood.

In other business:
• The council discussed asking Three Rivers Park District to add signage directing Dakota Regional Trail users to park in the Shirley Logelin Memorial Park lot at 8973-91 Partridge Road. They believe most users do not realize that an entire lot is available with access to the trail. They hope this will alleviate overcrowding in the lot at the St. Boni City Office.
• Current Council Member Jim Rudnicki is not seeking reelection this fall. Robert Smestad Jr., who is running unopposed along with Weible and Council Member Shawn Ruotsinoja, will replace him.
• The council welcomed a new business to town. Sew It All, located at 4125 Main Street, specializes in sewing everything from leather to lace.