City Council actions

9/24 meeting

Absent: None

Elroy development: Council voted 9-4 to override a veto by Mayor R.T. Rybak, effectively eliminating developer Basim Sabri’s proposed housing development on the Elroy site in Whittier, at Pillsbury Avenue South, on the south side of the Midtown Greenway. Dean Zimmermann (6th Ward), Lisa Goodman (7th Ward), Dan Niziolek (10th Ward) and Barret Lane (13th Ward) voted no. Sabri had sought to rezone land and a conditional use permit to allow residential development. He may still proceed with an industrial development, as originally proposed.

Tenant fees: Gary Schiff (9th Ward) announced his introduced subject matter for an ordinance affecting tenant application fees and screening. It would require landlords to notify potential tenants of screening criteria and screening results, and limit application fees.

Clean zone: Council voted 13-0 for a resolution establishing a "clean zone" limiting sales, signs and special event permits around the Metrodome during the 2004 Major League Baseball playoffs.

El Mexicano: Council voted 12-0 to approve a Class B liquor license with Sunday sales for El Mexicano Restaurant, 124 W. Lake St. Scott Benson (11th Ward) abstained.

Gerold: Council voted 10-3 to approve $23,991 to reimburse Deputy Chief Lucy Gerold for legal fees related to the investigation of how the Police Department handled the shooting of Officer Duy Ngo.

Early retirement: Council voted 10-0 to approve early retirement incentives for police officers, an effort by the city to avoid layoffs.