AN ORDINANCE LICENSING AND REGULATING THE SALE AND CONSUMPTION OF INTOXICATING LIQUOR, REPEALING INCONSISTENT ORDINANCES, AND PROVIDING A PENALTY FOR VIOLATION.
The City Council of the City of Bird Island ordains:
Section I. PROVISIONS OF STATE LAW ADOPTED
The provisions of Minnesota Statues, Chapter 340A, relating to the definition of terms, licensing, consumption, sales, financial responsibility of licensees, hours of sale, and all other matters pertaining to the retail sale, distribution, and consumption of intoxicating liquor are adopted and made a part of this ordinance as if set out in full.
Section II. LICENSE REQUIRED
Subdivision 1. General Requirement.
No person, except a wholesaler or manufacturer to the extent authorized under state license, shall directly or indirectly deal in, sell, or keep for sale in the city any intoxicating liquor without a license to do so as provided in this ordinance. Liquor licenses shall be four kinds: “on-sale,” “off-sale,” club licenses and “on-sale” wine licenses.
Subdivision 2. On-sale Licenses.
“On-sale” licenses shall be issued only to hotels, clubs, restaurants and exclusive liquor stores and shall permit “on-sale” of liquor only.
Subdivision 3. On-sale Wine Licenses.
“On-sale” wine licenses shall be issued only to restaurants meeting the qualifications of Minnesota Statues, Section 340A.404, Subdivision 5 and shall permit only the sale of wine not exceeding 14 percent alcohol by volume, for consumption on the licensed premises only, in conjunction with the sale of food.
Subdivision 4. Off-sale Licenses.
“Off-sale” licenses shall be issued only to exclusive Liquor stores and shall permit “off-sale” of liquor only.
Subdivision 5. Special Club Licenses.
Special club licenses shall be issued only to incorporated clubs or to congressionally chartered veterans’ organizations which have been in existence for 3 years.
Section III. APPLICATION FOR LICENSE
Subdivision 1. Form.
Every application for a license to sell liquor shall state the name of the applicant, his age, representations as to his character, with such references as the Council may require, his citizenship, the type of license applied for, the business in connection with which the proposed license will operate and its location, whether the applicant is owner and operator of the business, how long he has been in that business at that place, and such other information as the Council may require from time to time. Every application shall also include a copy of each summons received by the applicant under Minnesota Statutes, Section 340A.802 during the preceding year. In addition to containing such information, the application shall be in the form prescribed by the bureau of criminal apprehension and shall be verified and filed with the City Clerk. No person shall make a false statement in an application.
Subdivision 2. Financial Responsibility
No liquor license may be issued, maintained, or renewed unless the applicant demonstrates proof of financial responsibility as defined in Minnesota Statutes, Section 340A.409 with regard to liability under the Statutes, Section 340A.801. Such proof shall be filed with the commissioner of public safety. (includes applicants for wine licenses with sales of less than $10,000 of wine per year) Any liability insurance policy filed as proof of financial responsibility under this subdivision shall conform to Minnesota Statutes, Section 340A.409.
Section IV. LICENSE FEES
Subdivision 1. Fees.
The annual fee for a liquor license shall be $3900.00 for an “on-sale” license, $100.00 for an “on-sale” wine license, $100.00 for an “off-sale” license and $100.00 for a special club license.
Subdivision 2. Payment.
Each application for a license shall be accompanied by a receipt from the city clerk for payment in full of the license fee. All fees shall be paid into the general fund. If an application for a license is rejected, the clerk shall refund the amount paid.
Subdivision 3. Terms: pro rata fee.
Each license shall be issued for a period of one year except that if the application is made during the license year, a license may be issued for the remainder of the year for a pro rata fee, with any unexpired fraction of a month being counted as one month. Every license shall expire on the last day of June.
Subdivision 4. Refunds.
No refund of any fee shall be made except as authorized by statute.
Section V. GRANTING OF LICENSES
Subdivision 1. Investigation and Issuance.
The City Council shall investigate all facts set out in the application. Opportunity shall be given to any person to be heard for or against the granting of the license. After investigation and hearing, the council shall, in its discretion, grant or refuse the application. No “on-sale” wine license or “off-sale” license shall become effective until it, together with the security furnished by the applicant, has been approved by the commissioner of public safety.
Subdivision 2. Person and Premises Licensed; transfer.
Each License shall be issued only to the applicant and for the premises described in the application. No license may be transferred to another person or place without city council approval. Any transfer of stock of a corporate license is deemed a transfer of the license and a transfer of stock without prior council approval is a ground for revocation of the license.
Section VI. PERSONS INELIGIBLE FOR LICENSE
No license shall be granted to any person made ineligible for such a license by state law.
Section VII. PLACES INELIGIBLE FOR LICENSE
Subdivision 1. General Prohibition.
No license shall be issued for any place or any business ineligible for such a license under state law.
Subdivision 2. Delinquent Taxes and Charges.
No license shall be granted for operation on any premises on which taxes, assessments, or other financial claims of the city are delinquent and unpaid.
Subdivision 3. Distance from School and Church.
No license shall be granted within 300 feet of any school or within 300 feet of any church.
Section VIII. CONTITIONS OF LICENSE
Subdivision 1. In General.
Every license is subject to the conditions in the following subdivisions and all other provisions of this ordinance and of any other applicable ordinance, state law or regulation.
Subdivision 2. Insurance.
Compliance with financial responsibility requirements of state law and of this ordinance is a continuing condition of any license granted pursuant to this ordinance.
Subdivision 3. Licensee’s Responsibility.
Every licensee is responsible for the conduct in the licensed establishment, and any sale of alcoholic beverages by any employee is the act of the licensee.
Subdivision 4. Inspections.
Every licensee shall allow any peace officer, health officer, or properly designated officer or employee of the city to enter, inspect, and search the premises of the licensee during business hours without a warrant.
Subdivision 5. Display During Prohibited Hours.
No “on-sale” establishment shall display liquor to the public during hours when the sale of liquor is prohibited.
Section IX. RESTRICTIONS ON PURCHASE AND CONSUMPTION
Subdivision 1. Liquor in Unlicensed Places.
No person shall mix or prepare liquor for consumption in any public place or place of business unless it has a license to sell liquor “on-sale” or a permit from the commissioner of public safety under Minnesota Statutes section 340A.414 and no person shall consume liquor in any such place.
Subdivision 2. Consumption in Public Places.
No person shall consume liquor on a public highway, public park, or other public place.
Section X. SUSPENSION AND REVOCATION
The council may either suspend for up to 60- days or revoke any liquor license, or impose a civil fine not to exceed $2000, for each violation upon a finding that the licensee has failed to comply with any applicable statute, regulation, or ordinance relating to alcoholic beverages. Except in cases of failure of financial responsibility, no suspension or revocation shall take effect until the licensee has been afforded an opportunity for a hearing pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 14.57 to 14.70 of the administrative procedure act.
Lapse of required dram shop insurance or withdrawal of a required deposit of cash or securities, shall effect an immediate suspension of any license issued pursuant to this ordinance without further action of the city council. Notice of cancellation, lapse of a current liquor liability policy, or withdrawal of deposited cash or securities shall also constitute notice to the licensee of the impending suspension of the license. The holder of a license who has received notice of lapse of required insurance, or withdrawal of a required deposit, or of suspension or revocation of a license, may request a hearing thereon and if such a request is made in writing to the clerk, a hearing shall be granted within 10 days or such longer period as may be requested. Any suspension under this paragraph shall continue until the city council determines that the financial responsibility requirements of this ordinance have again been met.
Section XI. PENALTY
Any person violating any provision of this ordinance is guilty of a misdemeanor.
Section XII. REPEAL
Ordinances 54, 57.5, 67, 73, 104, 142 and all other provisions of ordinances inconsistent with this ordinance are hereby repealed.
Section XIII. EFFECTIVE DATE
This ordinance becomes effective upon its passage and publications according to law.
Passed by the City Council of Bird Island this 11 day of June, 1990.
Mayor Maurice Woelfel
Deb Lingl, Clerk