West St. Paul City Council

City Council Recap: Oct. 11, 2021

Thanks to Mister Berndt Photography for their support.

West St. Paul City Council has a short meeting with no Open Council Work Session (OCWS) and alcohol compliance failures were the main item on the agenda.

Alcohol Compliance Checks

Every year the West St. Paul Police Department conducts 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 passed unanimously. Real discussion on it happened at the last meeting and most concerned El Cubano (who primarily benefits from the overlay) and Cherokee Service (who is being left out of the overlay at their own request).
  • Donations: The South St. Paul Lions Club donated $650 to the police department for the Police vs. Fire Charity Hockey Game that happened on Saturday (7-1 South Metro victory) and the South Robert Street Business Association donated $3,500 to the police department for the upcoming Heroes and Helpers program.
  • Indigenous People’s Day: The City of West St. Paul proclaimed today to be Indigenous People’s Day, committing to eradicate the systemic racism that impacts native peoples.
  • No OCWS?:  The OCWS meeting has been scheduled for Monday, October 18.

City Council meetings are currently held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:30 p.m. You can also watch the City Council meetings online.

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