Council refunds on-sale liquor license fees

Four Scandia businesses are getting another shot of COVID relief.

The Scandia City Council last week refunded the full $2,200 annual liquor license fees to each of the city’s on-sale service businesses: Meisters Bar & Grill, Rustic Roots Winery, Scandia Creamery, and the soon-to-be named Scandal’s Tavern (the former Scandia Brookside).

Last May, the council reimbursed three of the businesses 11 weeks’ worth of their liquor license fees—$465 each—to help offset their losses due to the pandemic. Rustic Roots Winery did not receive the rebate as it opened in September.

Minnesota bars and restaurants were closed from March 17-June 1 as part of Governor Tim Walz’s Safer At Home executive order last year, and again between Nov. 20 and Jan. 11. The venues are still restricted to 50% of their indoor capacity.

 

Other business:

 

• The council agreed to vacate a portion of an unimproved street in the Vasa neighborhood near 197th Street. Neighbors of the platted road easement sought the action to use the land to expand a septic system and to make legal an existing garage on the unused road. City Administrator Ken Cammilleri and Fire Chief Mike Hinz recommended the city keep 50 feet of the easement for fire and EMS equipment turnaround or staging area in the event of an emergency.

• The council amended its COVID-19 Business Plan to allow the reopening of the city’s ice skating rink warming house. Use of the facility will be limited to skaters changing into or out of their skates, or to use the restroom, and a maximum of six people. Masks are required indoors at all times.

• The council approved the purchase of a 2021 Kubota RTV 500 for $8,847 to replace a 1988 Bolens lawn tractor. Public Works Director Adam Hawkinson recommended the purchase because it will be useful for other projects beyond mowing. Hawkinson said the RTV would be outfitted with a tow-behind mower.

• The council accepted a quote to fit the Scandia Community Center front doors with keyless electronic access equipment and new hardware at a cost of $6,981.

• The council appointed city residents Sean Bibus, Christine Johnson and Ann Rinkenberger to an ad hoc committee to recommend a location, style and design for future city playground equipment and improvements.

 

The next Scandia City Council meeting will be held Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.

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