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Delano City Council approves permits for events, The 221
May 10, 2019

BY GABE LICHT
Editor

DELANO, MN – Summer is set to be busy in Delano, with the city council approving a number of permits related to events on city streets, the Delano American Legion parking lot, and The 221 Common House.

The 221
Individuals partaking in events at The 221 Common House will also be able to partake in their own adult beverages at the facility, pending state approval of a consumption and display permit.

The permit is available to clubs, which the state defines as an organization that has been in existence for at least one year, while the city’s definition requires an organization to be in existence for at least three years.

While The 221 Common House has had a brick-and-mortar presence for only a year, the organization known as Delano Community Group has been in existence for more than three years.

Councilwoman Holly Schrupp asked who would be responsible for checking IDs.

“All members are taking on the responsibility of ensuring compliance,” said Chris Brazelton, who was representing The 221.

Mayor Dale Graunke suggested individuals with the organization take part in the RU21 Best Practices Program to help them prevent consumption by underaged individuals.

Under the restrictions of the permit, no alcohol storage will be allowed at the facility, requiring individuals to take their own alcohol to and from the facility each time they visit.

This is a one-year permit, though it will be up for renewal sooner, due to state statute.

“If you approve it, it goes to the state, they’ll sign off, and we’ll be able to issue the permit,” Administrative Services Coordinator Paula Bauman said. “It is a one year permit that expires March 31 each year, which is set by state statute.”

Delano Wine and Art Fair
A new event, the Delano Wine and Art Fair, will take place from 5-9 p.m. Friday, May 31, on River Street between Bridge and Elm avenues.

“I was approached by some Minnesota wineries, the North Woods Wine Alliance, which stretches from Kimball to Mankato,” organizer Ron Gust said. “Many members wanted a premier Minnesota wine event to get their names out and get people aware that they’re around. Delano is a good fit. There are people in Delano trying to get art going again. Wine and art go together.”

He said nine wineries have committed to participating, with a similar number of artists.

No wine will be sold by the vendors, who will be offering samples, but there will be two bars.

Organizers asked to be able to close the road beginning at 1 p.m.

Pat Sawatzke, of Downtown Beauty Salon, opposed that idea.

“I’m open until 5 p.m.,” Sawatzke said. “I have people coming to park. We have people with wheelchairs who can’t walk two or three blocks. I can’t have the street blocked off.”

Gust said the entire street would not need to be blocked off and vowed to work with Sawatzke and city staff on a mutually beneficial solution.

River Street Jam
Dave Carroll, on behalf of River Street Jam, requested that the event that begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 1, be allowed to last until 1 a.m.

“We’ve run a clean operation for 11 years,” Carroll said. “If we can stretch it out until 1 a.m., it’s a big financial boost . . . That extra half hour makes a huge difference in terms of what we put in the coffers to go back to the church (St. Maximilian Kolbe).”

In the past, the event had run until 1 a.m., but was changed to finish at midnight at some point. Two years ago, Carroll requested reinstating the 1 a.m. end time. The council compromised, allowing the event to run until 12:30 a.m. for the past two years.

Carroll indicated that having an earlier end time does not mean people leave downtown earlier.

“It’s not like it’s getting people out faster,” Carroll said. “It’s just creating problems because they come into my place and crowd it.”

The council approved Carroll’s request.

“Let’s try it and see what happens,” Schrupp said.

The council also approved outdoor dance applications for the Delano American Legion for a Saturday, July 27, fundraiser for firefighters with post traumatic stress disorder and a Saturday, Sept. 7, fundraiser for Greencare for Troops.

In addition, the council approved a number of licenses and permits for the 4th of July Celebration: A public facility lease agreement, temporary licenses to sell strong beer, conduct outdoor dances, display fireworks, and hire a carnival, in addition to approving a gambling exemption to allow bingo.

Odds and ends
In other business, the council:

• authorized the appointment and placement of Charlie Riley as a probationary status firefighter with the Delano Fire Department.

• authorized the sale of city-owned DS200 election vote tabulators to the Wright County elections department.

• learned that the city issued 459 building permits in 2018, including 44 for new single-family homes and 48 for commercial buildings. The city’s planning and zoning department is looking into hiring another part-time employee to help with an uptick in activity.

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