1. Call to Order. A workshop of the Council of the City of Rogers was called to order by Mayor Jason Grimm on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 6:31 p.m. at Rogers Community Center, 21201 Memorial Drive, Rogers, MN, 55374.
Council present: Mayor Jason Grimm, Robert Bell, Jay Bunting, Jamie Davis, and Steve Rauenhorst.
Staff present: Chuck Burnham, City Planner; Gary Buysse, Liquor Department; Jeff Carson, City Attorney; Stacy Doboszenski, Asst. City Administrator; Brad Feist, Fire Chief; Jeff Luther, Chief of Police; Steve Stahmer, City Administrator; Lisa Wieland, Finance Director; and Amy LeMieux, Recording Secretary, JASS.
2. Liquor Sales at Rogers Activity Center (RAC). A Junior Hockey team has approached the city regarding using the facility for their games. The specific issue of this workshop is the concept of serving beer during Junior team games. Staff also discussed the possibility of using the second floor space for parties, wine tastings, and other events where alcohol may be served.
There are no state regulations prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages at this location. The Joint Powers Agreement with the school district details that the west half of the premises is regulated by the City of Rogers for alcohol and tobacco. The City would require a Rogers Municipal Liquor Store or Rogers Wine and Spirits employee to be on site and be the only distributor of alcoholic beverages. Security issues and the split of sales with the hockey team would be included in the negotiations if the Council approves serving beer during their games. Alcoholic beverages would not be stored on site.
All players in the Junior Hockey League are post high school age. The league will have 25 game per year with three hours per game. Total impact for ice time sales would be around $30,000 in additional revenue. Concession sales were approximated at an additional $12,000 in revenue. Staff believes a workable solution could be reached between the Youth Hockey Association and the Junior league for locker room space. Beer licensure and advertising may also bring in additional revenue. Increased insurance would amount to $400 annually to cover liquor sales.
The City requires two officers at high school games. Chief Luther is comfortable in assigning one officer to Junior league games since there would be fewer attendees and less rivalry than in high school games, and allowing the flexibility to assign a second officer if necessary. If there are any problems at the arena, officers and liquor servers have the right to shut down immediately.
Serving alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited during high school practices and games. The second floor room could be screened off from the rink for wine tastings and other such events.
It is the consensus of the Board to pursue negotiations with the Junior hockey league for ice time and RAC amenities.
3. Adjournment. There being no further business, motion by Bell, second by Davis to adjourn. Motion carried 5-0. The meeting was adjourned at 6:52 p.m.