St. Boni examines liquor license modifications

By Emily Hedges

The St. Boni City Council believes that non-profits should be allowed to serve drinks stronger than 3.2 beer at special events. However, in order to issue temporary liquor licenses, modifications will need to be made to city ordinance.
During the Dec. 19 regular meeting, members instructed City Clerk Brenda Fisk to add the issue to the first workshop of the new year.
The council had previously requested information from City Attorney Larry Harris about what State Statute allows. When they received his correspondance, they had difficulty finding some of what he referenced in current state law. Mayor Rick Weible asked Fisk to get clarification from Harris on the issue.
Jason Zattler of the Northwest Tonka Lions Club attended the meeting in support of the idea.
“This is not just for the Lions Club, but all non-profits. This goes much larger than our group,” said Zattler.
Zattler suggested the council look at the City of Mound’s policy, which allows liquor licenses, but only four per year per group.
Mayor Rick Weible expressed the council’s support for removing some of the regulation on the issue.
“I don’t see the difference between folks sitting at a home football party and a social organization wanting to sell to the public,” he said.
“As long as they have their liquor liability, what’s the difference between 3.2 beer and 4.0, except an extra beer,” said Zattler.

Contract for water treatment facility
Di Mar Construction of Excelsior was awarded the contract for improvements to St. Boni’s water treatment facility with a bid of $325,000. Eight bids were received by the deadline of Dec. 18. The council wants to see work done during low water usage time and is targeting early February for water shutoff.
In other business, the Council:
• Thanked Jim Rudnicki for his service on the St. Boni City Council. Weible pointed out that Rudnicki served on the council in the 70s, and was gracious enough to serve the public again.
“For anyone who doesn’t know Jim, you should get to know him. He’s a true Renaissance Man,” said Weible.
• Accepted an invitation from the City of Minnetrista to form a task force to study the Highway 7 and Co. Rd. 92 corridor in both cities and how to attract new business through code/zoning synchronization.
• May decide to increase stormwater fees. The council plans to discuss it at their January workshop.
• Discussed the pending Auto Aid Agreement with the City of Mound. When passed it would mean that certain fires within Minnetrista would alert both fire departments rather than one fire department receiving the call first, then calling for mutual aid.