by Adam Gruenewald
Effective July 1, NYA residents will be able to purchase liquor on Sunday.
NYA council members adopted the new law, ordinance 289 within Chapter 4 of the City Code, during their most recent meeting on Monday, June 12.
The amendment to the City Code incorporates the State Statute, HF No. 30 law, that will permit the off-sale of liquor from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday that was signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton and will go into effect on July 1.
In other news, Carver County Library Director Heidi Hoks and Western Libraries Branch Manager Paul Ericsson updated the council on the NYA Public Library that was constructed in 2010.
Hoks shared the Carver County Library annual report, highlighting that the NYA Library is part of the MELSA system.
“You are connected with all the other libraries within the area,” she said. “We also have programs that come to us because we are part of MELSA and we are able to be a part of the Minnesota Link system so we can get books from all across the state.”
In terms of the NYA Library, Hoks also highlighted the veterans-related programs that were sponsored by the local VFW and held at both the NYA and Waconia libraries. There have also been several technology and arts programs with additional programs planned for the future as well.
“We are pleased with our staff,” she said. “They really work to make the library the best library it can be for you.”
Ericsson added that enhancing access to content and technology remains a consistent effort for library staff as they are working to expand offerings whether it is through eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines as well as eTraining and electronic databases.
In addition, the NYA Library staff is also working to increase their community presence through different offerings in day care centers and education providers, Music in March concert series and presentations to community groups like the NYA Area Chamber of Commerce.
“We are always looking for ways for us to fine-tune what we’re doing in terms of our programming,” he said, adding connecting events in series is working well with plans for Music in March, Arts in April and Fall Into History.
For more information on the NYA Library, visit www.carverlib.org, stop in at 314 Elm Street West or call 952-467-2665.
Council members also OK’d the posting and job description for the bus driver position for the 15-seat bus shared with The Harbor and SmartLink and also approved the closure of Main Street for the eighth annual Taste of NYA from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18.
Council member Charlie Storms also updated the council on successful meeting and reviews for the State Amateur Baseball tournament and added that thus far, NYA will be hosting two games on Aug. 18, three on Aug. 19 and three on Aug. 20 with plans for an opening ceremony tentatively set for 4 p.m. before the first game at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18.
Council member Dick Stolz was absent.
The NYA City Council will next meet on Monday, June 26, with a workshop at 6 p.m. and the regular meeting to follow.
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