The Brainerd City Council Monday authorized staff to draft a liquor compliance ordinance along lines proposed by the Safety and Public Works Committee.
The ordinance has been discussed between the council, bar owners, law enforcement, MADD and Youth in Action. The ordinance has been proposed as a means of not only punishing bar owners if an employee serves a minor, but also to help educate establishments on how to keep minors out of their bars.
The proposed ordinance would read that any establishment found to be out of compliance would receive a $500 fine and training for the first offense, a $1,000 fine and training for the second offense, a $2,000 fine, training and a three-day suspension of the liquor license for the third offense, and within a three-year time frame, a fourth offense would trigger a revocation of the liquor license.
The committee received recommendations from Frank Ball, Brainerd police chief, who said his recommendations mirrored state penalties.
Liquor compliance training for establishments would be done by the state at no cost to the establishment owners. The city will continue with two compliance checks per year, but will conduct more if an establishment is found to be out of compliance. The state also conducts compliance checks of establishments.
City Attorney Tom Fitzpatrick will draft an ordinance.
The first reading is expected at the May 1 council meeting.
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