Licensed liquor establishments in the city of Brainerd will now be able to sell alcohol two hours earlier on Sundays.
The Brainerd City Council Monday night unanimously adopted ordinance ordinance 1473, amending section city code section 1200.03 regarding Sunday sales of intoxicating liquor. The change allows licensed establishments to start selling liquor at 8 a.m. Sunday, two hours earlier than the current 10 a.m. start time.
The change is in response to an inquiry about selling liquor during the start of a Minnesota Vikings game Oct. 29. The game, hosted in London, starts at 8:30 a.m. local time. City planner Mark Ostgarden alluded to this fact after the ordinance was adopted.
"You probably made a lot of Vikings fans happy," Ostgarden said.
Prior to adopting the ordinance, the council hosted a public hearing on the change, at which no one spoke. There was also a second and final reading of the ordinance. The change applies to all Sundays, not just Oct. 29.
The change applies to establishments defined as a restaurant, club, hotel or bowling center. To legally be considered a restaurant, an establishment needs to have a 30-seat capacity and regularly prepare meals on the premises and serve the meals at tables. Meal preparation could include things as simple as heating up frozen pizzas or making sandwiches.
Council President Dave Pritschet was absent Monday night. Council vice president Sue Hilgart presided over the meeting in his absence.
In other business, the council:
Approved a new contractor license for North Star Signs and Engraving Inc., St. Cloud.
Received a written report from Fire Chief Tim Holmes on the department's activity for the month of September. The department received 41 calls for service during the month, with 10 of the calls canceled enroute. Of those 41 calls, 17 were in the city of Brainerd.
Received a written report from parks and recreation director Tony Sailer. He noted the park board voted to increase daily campground rates from $35 to $40 starting in 2018. This is the first time rates have increased since 2011. The park board also voted to increase the 2018 sponsorship fees by $25 for youth competitive and noncompetitive programs.
Accepted with regret Holly Holm's resignation from the parks board, effective Oct. 25. In her resignation letter, Holm noted she will soon be living outside the city limits, which means she needs to resign her position. She has served on the board for six years.
Called for applicants for one term on the Charter Commission, one term on the Transportation Advisory Committee and one term on the Park Board.
Approved a contractor payment to Braun Intertec for material testing through Sept. 9 on the northwest Brainerd resurfacing project in the amount of $3,684.
Approved a contractor payment to Braun Intertec for material testing through Sept. 9 on the Buffalo Hills Lane resurfacing project in the amount of $11,140.
Approved a contractor payment to Millsop Associates for site investigation services through Sept. 15 in the amount of $5,382.
Approved a contractor payment to Short Elliott Hendrickson for work on the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport utility extension project through Aug. 31 in the amount of $21,074.
Approved a contractor payment to Tri-City Paving for work on the Buffalo Hills Lane resurfacing project through Sept. 22 in the amount of $1,659.
Approved a contractor payment to Tri-City Paving for work on the Oak Street mill and overlay project through Sept. 22 in the amount of $13,181.
Approved a contractor payment to Tri-City Paving for work on the Jackson Street resurfacing project through Sept. 22 in the amount of $2,224.
Approved a contractor payment to Anderson Brothers Construction for work on the South Sixth Street east frontage road project through Sept. 22 in the amount of $70,606.
Approved a contractor payment to Anderson Brothers Construction for work on the northwest Brainerd resurfacing project through Sept. 22 in the amount of $125,053.
Approved a lawful gambling application to conduct excluded bingo submitted by Lakes Area United States Bowling Congress Bowling Association for bingo events Nov. 13-17 at Jack's House, 300 Highway 25.
Approved an on-sale beer and wine license submitted by Sage on Laurel, 606 Laurel Street, contingent upon background investigation and fire inspection.