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Beer, Liquor Ordinances Get Second Reading

By Staff | Dec 11, 2015

At its regular meeting Monday evening, the Rugby City Council approved a second reading of new beer and liquor license ordinances.

The new ordinances adjusted zones where beer and liquor could be sold; Sunday and special events permit sales; when/where minors can be in licensed establishments; and license requirements. The ordinances also create a new class of licenses for restaurants selling liquor, class F.

The council discussed renewal of liquor and beer licenses for area establishments.


The council discussed a proposal from Ellingson Companies, of West Concord, Minn., to install drainage tiles at Rugby Recreation’s baseball complex at an estimate of $32,568.16. Mayor Arland Geiszler said the project wasn’t budgeted for. Ward 3 Councilman Joel Berg said that while it wasn’t in the budget, he asked if there were any funds left in the recreation fund. Auditor Elizabeth Heisey said that at the end of the year those funds would be closed out and would go into the city’s general fund.

Both Berg and Ward 1 Councilman Neil Lotvedt agreed that money should be put away for it.

Ward 3 Councilman Jim Hoffert said that water damage to 4th Street SW is a perennial problem and drainage may help as a side benefit.

Geiszler recommended action on it be tabled until the Finance committee could look at funding for it, and elevation issues preventing drainage into the Wentz Canal could be resolved.


The council heard a request to adopt a resolution for allowing alcohol in the fire hall during the Rugby Fire Department’s annual meeting on Jan. 15, 2016.

Geiszler said the city passed an ordinance in July banning alcoholic beverages in all city buildings and questioned the need for it.

“Why not just go to a licensed establishment?” Geiszler asked.

Lotvedt said that while he understood “brotherly love”, there could’ve been potential liability issues. Berg said the firemen coming together was the main point, not alcohol.

Hartl said that the assumption was that the event would be considered a private party in a public building.

“Where does the precedent stop?” Hartl asked, adding the question of whether Public Works employees should be allowed to drink in the city shop or auditors in city hall.

The resolution was denied by a 5-3 vote with Ward 1 Councilman Bruce Allen Rheault, Lotvedt, Ward 2 Councilman Dave Bednarz and Hoffert voting no and Berg, Kraft and Ward 4 Councilman Chuck Longie voting yes.


Public Safety – The committee discussed fire trucks being winterized, nuisance ordinances, two dog complaints, a pursuit by the police department, and a relatively quiet Halloween.

Finance – The committee moved to have $100,000 put back into the city’s water fund and hoped to get $295,000 from the State Water Commission in repair, improvement and maintenance funds. The committee met with Gooseneck Implement on water and sewer extensions.

Ordinances/Recreation – The committee discussed the recreation director position and the beer and liquor ordinances.

Public Works – The city is servicing water meters in an effort to curb water losses; chlorination work at the water plant is nearing completion; a pump was replaced at a lift station; Street Sweepers are on the streets.

Personnel – No meeting.

Buildings/Property/Construction – The committee met with Gooseneck Implement and plans to meet on natural gas coming to Rugby. The committee also noted that a fire hydrant near the Law Enforcement Center was removed and will not need to be replaced and that new windows were installed at the fire hall.


The council held a moment of silence in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

The council approved fuel bids from Envision, Harper Oil and Tesoro.

The council approved a variance request for Wade Johnson for a building that was 14 feet too close to the city sidewalk per building ordinances.

The council approved noon closure of city buildings on Dec. 24, 2015.

The council approved a $6,000 public skating sponsorship to the Rugby Amateur Hockey Association.

The council approved holding 2016 elections at the Rugby Armory.

The council approved 2 a.m. closings on Dec. 31, 2015 -Jan. 1, 2016 for 3rd Street Station and I.C. Dubbles. Raffle permits for the Barton Sportsmen’s Club and RHS cheerleaders were also approved.

The council approved the Job Development Authority minutes, financial statements, and the hiring of Joseph T. Pelt as executive director.

The council approved the November meeting minutes, bills and the Municipal Judge’s report.

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