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Council revisits liquor/wine ordinances

By Staff | Jan 13, 2017

Rugby’s liquor/wine ordinances were revisited following a license request heard at a regular meeting of the Rugby City Council last week.

Ashley Berg went before the council to request a Class B liquor/wine license. Class B licenses are for package stores conducting offsale only.

Berg plans to open a women’s boutique at 201 South Main Avenue in Rugby, formerly occupied by HIIT-Fit Junction, with a small offsale wine operation on the premises.

Berg said she contacted Pierce County States’ Attorney Galen Mack and Rugby Police Chief John Rose in terms of partitions. Rose said he saw no issues with the plans provided wine would not be sold to minors.

City Attorney Bill Hartl said the current ordinance is worded so that there is only one Class B license for the city, and that license is currently held by Gryphon Liquors.

Ward 4 Councilman Chuck Longie asked Berg what her intended timetable was. Berg said she hoped to be in the building by April 1 and open for business one month later.

Hartl informed the council that the current ordinance can be changed, however first and second readings would have to be done and approved.

“[We] do have to follow procedure,” said Rugby Mayor Arland Geiszler.

Ward 4 Councilwoman Sue Steinke asked if Class B license for beer would also have to be changed since the language for that ordinance is identical to the liquor/wine ordinance. Hartl suggested both be changed.

Other action

– The council approved a call for bids on a snowblower the city has on consignment with Northern Equipment. An offer of $8,000 was made on the snowblower, however Hartl suggested an advertisement for bids be made first.

– The council approved a designation of city fund depositories.

– The council discussed and approved changes made to city personnel policies regarding vacation and personal time off.

– The council tabled a raffle permit request from the Norsemen Motorcycle Club on recommendation from Hartl, who was seeking clarification on the intended recipient of raffle proceeds.

– The council approved the December meeting minutes, bills, financial statements and Municipal Judge’s report.

Ward 3 Councilman Joel Berg was absent for the meeting.

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