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City Council gives conditional approval to KEC liquor license

WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council has given conditional approval to the Kandi Entertainment Center’s application to renew its on-sale Sunday liquor license for 2014.

The council approved the license renewal on condition that the KEC provide proof of payment of $11,200 in unpaid special real estate assessments and penalties.

According to a 1994 city ordinance, no person or entity shall be issued an on-sale or off-sale intoxicating liquor or non-intoxicating liquor license if that person or entity is delinquent in payment to the city of any fees or charges assessed by the city or by the Municipal Utilities Commission. In addition, no such license will be issued to any premises for which there are delinquent real estate taxes or delinquent assessments.

City Clerk-Treasurer Kevin Halliday told the council Monday that a review of the license renewal application discovered that the KEC is not current with real estate taxes. He did say the KEC is current on payment of $6,086 in past utility bills.

In related business, the council approved on-sale Sunday liquor applications for Applebee’s, Austin F. Hanscom Post 167, El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant,  Finstad-Week Post 1639, Holiday Inn/Green Mill, Grizzly’s, Peps Sports Bar, and The Oaks at Eagle Creek.

Also, the council approved a club on-sale Sunday liquor license for the Willmar Fraternal Order of Eagles.

The council also on Monday approved a special event on-sale liquor license to allow alcohol to be served during a Curling New Year’s Bonspiel Jan. 3-5 at the Civic Center. The permit applicant is The Baker’s Eagle Creek Eatery LLC doing business as The Oaks at Eagle Creek.

David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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