NU Council OKs stiffer penalties for liquor violations

NEW ULM – The New Ulm City Council beefed up the penalties for liquor license violations at its meeting Tuesday, approving the final draft of city ordinance amendment.

The amended ordinance, which will take effect 30 days after its publication, increases the penalty for a first offense from $250 to $500 on the regular penalty grid for a business that violates its liquor license. A second offense will increase from $500 to $700.

Under the “Best Practices” grid, the penalty for a second violation goes to $750 and three days suspension of license. A fourth violation would lead to revocation of the license. The changes would also require any licensee that violates the license and is not certified as a Best Practices licensee to meet all the best practices requirements.

The council also held the first readings on a pair of other ordinance amendments. One would set the fees for city services for 2014, and the other would rezone property in the Fairhills Second Addition from R-A (Agricultural Residence District) to R-1 (Single Family Residence District.)

The Council approved the final plat of the Fairhills Fifth Addition, and the preliminary plat of the Sarah Hills Addition.

The council approved the issuance of an annual on-sale intoxicating and Sunday liquor license to Topher and Mary Jacobson, who are doing business as PepperBoy Foods, Inc. They have changed the name of their restaurant at 210 N. Minnesota St. from Artisans at the Grand to Pepper Boy.

The council approved an agreement with the City of Courtland to provide building inspection services to Courtland.

The council also approved a pair of grant agreements with the Department of Transportation for airport runway reconstruction projects. The agreements will allow the city to receive reimbursement from a federal aeronautics grant through the state. One grant would pay 90 percent of the $3.2 million cost of the project. The other grant would pay 50 percent of a $44,290 reroofing project on Hangar 1.

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