April 30, 2007

Cokato adopts final language for strong liquor

Nelson’s to start serving on-sale liquor today; Cenex plans to build a new off-sale liquor store

By Lynda Jensen

Final language for the strong liquor city ordinance was adopted by the Cokato City Council Wednesday.

The council looked over figures presented at the meeting, adopting fees similar in range to area towns, and placed a limit of 200 feet proximity for schools and liquor establishments.

The new ordinance opens the door for businesses that wish to obtain strong liquor licenses – including Cenex, which plans to build a new off-sale liquor store, and Nelson’s Bar & Grill, which is located in the former Finish Line bar on Millard Ave., for an on-sale license.

Corey Nelson of Nelson’s Bar expressed relief over adoption of the ordinance and said that he will be ready for additional business today (Monday).

Cenex plans to move forward with its plans to build a new liquor store on the empty lot between NAPA and its existing Cenex store along Highway 12, commented Brian Yager of Cenex Thursday.

“We plan to move at a steady pace,” Yager said of the building construction, adding that it will be a $750,000 investment for his company.

Odds and ends

In other matters, the council:

• approved the purchase of commercial mowing equipment from Cokato Equipment for $32,673 (with a trade in of $19,923, it would be $12,750 plus sales tax).

• accepted $1,507 in payment for a portion of the water repair bill from unhappy business owners of the Tower Center Mall Association, who disputed a bill presented to them by the city from a broken pipe last summer during construction.

• noted that Waste Management will increase its fees 2 percent to reflect increased fuel costs and the like.

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