West St. Paul city council chambers

City Council Preview: Oct. 11, 2021

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It’s a short meeting for the West St. Paul City Council, with no Open Council Work Session (OCWS) and alcohol compliance checks the main item on the agenda.

Alcohol Compliance Checks

The West St. Paul Police Department conducts regular checks to ensure local businesses are not selling alcohol or tobacco to anyone underage. The recent round of checks resulted in no tobacco violations, but five establishments failed the alcohol check:

  • Cub Foods
  • Nowak’s Liquor
  • Smith Liquor
  • Tapper’s Pub
  • Tokyo Sushi

It’s a $500 violation, though $200 is stayed pending no further violations over the next year (with the exception of Smith Liquor—due to a previous violation in 2019, they’re looking at a $1,000 fine with $400 stayed).

Other Items on the Agenda

  • Smith/Dodd Overlay: The final reading of the expansion of the Smith/Dodd zoning overlay is also on the agenda, though that passed unanimously at the last meeting and likely won’t face any challenges.
  • Donations: The South St. Paul Lions Club donated $650 to the police department for the Police vs. Fire Charity Hockey Game happening on Saturday and the South Robert Street Business Association donated $3,500 to the police department for the upcoming Heroes and Helpers program.
  • No OCWS?: So why isn’t there an OCWS meeting? The city is keeping the schedule light because Mayor Dave Napier will be conducting the meeting remotely. A special OCWS meeting has been scheduled for Monday, October 18.

The public can watch the meeting live on Town Square TV or cable channel 18 starting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

If you’re not able to attend the meeting in person, you can always use our coloring pages to imagine you’re there.

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