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City: Outdoor bands can play until 12

Outdoor bands can play until midnight this summer without a permit.

But not without some opposition.

"I'm definitely against this midnight closing and outdoor play at all," said Delores Pryor, who lives near the Green Door. "I shouldn't have to put up with it."

She said she's lived 42 years at the same address and has never had a problem until last summer. She also said if the vote was passed she may just call each alderman who voted in favor of the ordinance change at midnight when she couldn't sleep so they couldn't sleep either.

Alderman James Hannon said he's been to Pryor's house, and the noise can be bad.

"Bar owners are going to push the limit until people have to call the police (to shut them down)," he predicted.

Alderman Jim Anderson said it's written into the ordinance that if a business has too many complaints against it, it will lose its privileges to have a band until midnight.

Alderman Ron Zeman said he felt for the neighbors that live close to bars, but the city needs to help support the business district as well.

The ordinance passed 5-3 with Hannon, Leonard Heltemes and Walt Tollefson voting against the second reading. Alderman Bruce Imholte wasn't present.

The council also voted to provide $325,000 for ballast on the Highway 10 realignment project. The ballast, or crushed rock, will fill space between Highway 10 and the railroad tracks. The railroad sprays the area each year, so vegetation won't survive there. The council decided rock would look better than dirt for the new gateway district.

"Highway 10 comes through our community, and we need to embrace that," said city beautification committee member Scott Mehlhaff.

Mayor Larry Buboltz said other decisions like greenery and entrance signs to the city can be decided at a later point in the project.

The council also:

n Held the first reading of amending city ward boundaries. Since annexation of Long Lake, wards 1 and 3 have extended west, and Ward 2 now includes the Lakebreeze area.

n Approved the final plat for the Detroit Lakes North Industrial Park First Addition.

The addition is located south of the existing North Industrial Park. The road right-of-way was taken off the final plat, although the easement still exists. At this point, the road won't be used.

There are 22 lots in the new addition. There are four lots left in the existing North Industrial Park, but Larry Remmen, community development director, said two of those are in lowland.

n Adopted a resolution supporting a state constitutional amendment change dedicating the entire motor vehicle sales tax to transportation.

Buboltz said it's a good idea to support the amendment. His only concern, which concerns most of rural Minnesota, is the wording in the amendment. It sits at "up to" 60 percent will be spent on highways and at least 40 percent on transit. Rural advocates want that 60 percent guaranteed.

Alderman G.L. Tucker said if it doesn't pass, it's going to be bad for outstate Minnesota.

Buboltz said that first it needs to be changed to the right wording, and then it should be approved.

The group agreed to revisit the issue at the end of the bonding session.

n Agreed to supporting the downtown parking ramp with Becker County. Tentative plans call for the city will chip in $500,000, and the county to pay $2 million toward the ramp, which is needed for the courthouse addition project.

For its share, the city is considering using $150,000 from the liquor store fund, $150,000 to be assessed in a parking district and $200,000 in bonds or a levy to pay for its $500,000.

A public meeting will be set in the future to determine what areas will be assessed for the $150,000.

n Accepted the Public Utilities Commission's recommendation to raise water and sewer rates for 2006 and 2007.