Council hears experts for liquor license ordinance review-Burnsville Today TV news- June 24

Three experts gave testimony before the Burnsville City Council at a governance meeting last night about possibly changing the city’s off-sale liquor license ordinance.
The experts were Frank Ball, executive director of the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association; Dave Brennan, University of St. Thomas professor and co-director of the Institute for Retailing Excellence; and Marcia Honold and Nancy Stroth with the city of St. Louis Park, which recently went through a changing process for its off-sale liquor license ordinance.
Ball argued against changing the ordinance while Brennan did not. The women with St. Louis Park went over what the city struggled with when changing its ordinance.
Burnsville’s ordinance was created in 1972 and requires that all off-sale liquor stores be located in a freestanding structure and in 1982 it added that there be a one-mile distance “as the crow flies” between stores. The city also limited the number of off-sale liquor licenses to eight-there are currently seven off-sale liquor stores in Burnsville.
Liquor stores in Burnsville include: Red Lion Liquor, built in 2002 and located on Nicollet Avenue in the Heart of the City; Burnsville Liquor Outlet, built in 1985, located on County Road 11 between Interstate 35E and McAndrews Road and Blue Max, built in 1978, located on 10th Avenue South near Interstate 35E. The following liquor stores lie within a mile of each other and were grandfathered in when the ordinance was created: Redhawk Liquor, built in 1978 located on Cliff Road and is less than 5,000 feet from Big Discount Liquor, built in 1983, located on County Road 11; MGM Liquor Warehouse was built in 1983 located on County Road 42 and is less than 5,000 feet from Crosstown Liquor, built in 1969 located on Burnsville Parkway.
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In other news, today and tomorrow you can go to the Burnsville Visual Arts Society garage sale at Lake Alimagnet Center for the Arts, 1200 Alimagnet Parkway.
Part of the city of Burnsville’s budget cuts includes cutting funding for the Center and the Society is in the process of looking for a new home and a place to hold its board meetings. The garage sale includes items no longer needed to help the Society cut down on storage needs. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Society, future shows and events.

Tonight: partly cloudy, 20 percent chance of showers and storms, lows around 60.
Tomorrow: mostly sunny, highs 85 to 90.

Coming out in tomorrow’s Burnsville Sun Current is a story on Dady Pigeon of Burnsville who owns and operates Dady’s Daycare Center. This spring the Dakota County Family Child Care Association named Pigeon the 2009 Dakota County’s Daycare Provider of the Year at its annual conference in Bloomington. Let’s hear from Pigeon why she loves what she does.