The Sleepy Eye City Council met in a special meeting on Tuesday afternoon and moved forward with a plan to get out of the liquor store business.
The Sleepy Eye City Council met in a special meeting on Tuesday afternoon, April 18 and moved forward with a plan to get out of the liquor store business.
Two ordinances were passed on the issue. The first was an ordinance to abolish the Sleepy Eye municipal liquor store. The reasons included the fact that the store has shown net losses in recent years, and that it would be in the best interests of general welfare and economic welfare of the people of the city that the store be abolished.
The second ordinance designated that the city would set one as the number off-sale intoxicating liquor licenses issued in the city. The reasons stated as it being in the best interest of public health, safety and general welfare of the people of the city to limit the number of licences issued; and that the population of the city would not economically support more than one off-sale store in town.
With the passage of those ordinances, the council was able to approve an agreement with Sleepy Eye Liquors, LLC, Harcharnijit Singh, President. The agreement calls for:
•The city to limit the number of liquor licenses issued to one for a period of ten years;
•SE Liquors to purchase 75 percent of the inventory at the municipal liquor store;
•SE Liquors be given the option to purchase the freezer and ice machine;
•SE Liquors to offer employment to Jenna Friton at the same hourly rate she received from the city.
The council will set a date for closing the municipal liquor store and issuing the liquor license to Singh at the Tuesday, May 9 regular council meeting.