City Council Actions

07/23 meeting

Smoking: Council voted 12-1 for a smoking ban in all bars and restaurants, effective March 31. Barret Lane (13th Ward) voted no.

County smoking: Council approved on a voice vote a resolution urging the Hennepin County Board to enact a countywide smoke-free ordinance.

Streetcar: Council passed a resolution 12-1 exploring the feasibility of a streetcar system in Minneapolis. Lane voted no.

Pet pound: Dan Niziolek (10th Ward) introduced an ordinance to create progressive impound fees of $50, $75 and $100 if the same animal is impounded multiple times in the same calendar years.

Clinton II: Council voted 13-0 to rezone property to permit a 32-unit condo development, MPH-Clinton II, 1800-1801 Clinton Ave.

Zeno Coffee & Dessert Bar: Council voted 12-0 to grant an On-Sale Class C-1 liquor license, with conditions, to Zeno Dessert Bar, 2919 Hennepin Ave. S. Scott Benson (11th Ward) abstained.

Gigi’s Caf/: Council voted 12-0 to grant an On-Sale Class E with Strong Beer and Sidewalk Caf/ licenses to Gigi’s Caf/, 822-824 W. 36th St. Benson abstained.

La Bodega: The Council postponed action on an On-Sale Class C-1 liquor license with Sunday sales for La Bodega Tapas Bar, 3005 Lyndale Ave. S.

Police: Council voted 13-0 to approve the Police Department’s business plan. A subsequent action requested the mayor find money in his budget proposal to prevent the position reductions forecast in the business plan. Benson, Lane and Lisa Goodman (7th Ward) voted no.

Terrorism: Council voted 13-0 to accept $4.8 million for Federal Urban Area Security Initiative Grant. The bulk of the money will pay to create an "automatic aid" system, wherein emergency vehicles respond to incidents based on their proximity, not on the city where they are based.

Tangletown variance: Council voted 13-0 to grant an appeal by David Juncker, 16 E. Minnehaha Pkwy. It overturned a Board of Adjustment decision to deny a variance for a conservatory porch addition.

East Harriet variance: Council voted 12-1 to grant an appeal by Matthew Perry. It overturned a Board of Adjustment decision to approve a parking variance for John Damico, 4219 Colfax Ave. S., who wanted a parking pad next to his house. Dean Zimmerman (6th Ward) voted no.

Franklin Lofts: Council voted 12-1 to grant an appeal by Lupe Development to relocate five decorative grills on the Whittier neighborhood property. It overturns a decision by the Heritage Preservation Commission. Robert Lilligren (8th Ward) voted no.