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To make Woodbury's municipal golf course even more appealing, the city will upgrade its liquor license. The current license for Eagle Valley Golf Course allows for on-sale wine including strong beer. City staff recommended upgrading it to a full intoxicating liquor license including Sunday sales. City Administrator Clint Gridley said the change would help contribute to an overall increase in revenue as well as make it more competitive with neighboring courses. Woodbury City Council approved the recommendation at a workshop Wednesday, March 21.
Now that the Liberty Ridge Elementary School project is a done deal, what will happen to the taxes on that property? Woodbury City Council discussed the possibility of signing a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) agreement with District 833 at a workshop Wednesday. Because the current building and vacant lot will be purchased by a school district for the school's expansion, they will become tax exempt. But the property had been slated for a small neighborhood shopping center that had a tax bill in 2011 of about $50,000, Woodbury Community Development Director Dwight Picha said.
Woodbury resident Mark Doree is confident when utilities like cable, gas and phone lines break, the service providers will fix it. But when it comes to his curb stop, he wondered "When does it become the homeowner's responsibility?" The city of Woodbury saw a jump in curb stop repairs during the winter of 2011, and a couple more in 2012. For some residents, it was a surprising expense of up to $6,500 to fix a broken curb stop that's part of their water service line and something they didn't even realize they had. The issue became a concern for homeowners as well as City Council because the
Woodbury City Council voted last week to hire two new assistants to the city administrator, as well as to restructure other roles to fill a vacancy. By April 2, Mary Van Milligen and Tyler Burkart will hold the position of assistant to the administrator. The two will fill vacancies by former assistant to the city administrator Matt Stemwedel, who took another job in Coon Rapids at the beginning of the year, as well as retiring public works superintendent Dick Riemenschneider. "We are re-organizing public works organizational structure with separate utility superintendent and street superint
A popular Woodbury pub not meeting its food sales requirement prompted a change in the city's liquor license ordinance. O'Malley's Irish Pub missed the mark in 2011 by 5 percent, according to a city report.
When Dick Riemenschneider began working for the Woodbury Public Works Department, there were no traffic lights on city streets, only three parks and two miles of trails. "I have asked several long-time residents and collectively we cannot remember if there was a traffic light at Century Avenue and I-94 or not," he said. At that time, he was just exploring his options and trying to figure out what to do for work. "My thought was that I would take the job until something better came along," he said.
Woodbury City Council approved a new liquor license last week for the Sheraton Hotel restaurant. The license is now held by Wischermann Partners, Inc. after the company became the receiver for the hotel. "We've been appointed by the court to manage the hotel and act as the receiver," said Paul Wischermann, president of the company. The hotel is owned by JLT Group Inc., and Jerry Trooien, who filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year and began reorganizing some of his assets.
Hemisphere Restaurant Partners is bringing its Tavern Grill concept to a popular Woodbury location. The move will be Hemisphere's third Tavern restaurant, joining Tavern on France in Edina and Tavern Grill in Blaine. The restaurant will be opening mid-summer in the former Aperitif restaurant site on Bielenberg Drive. Aperitif , formerly owned by JLT Group in St. Paul, closed its doors in February 2011. "It's a beautiful space," said Anoush Ansari, Hemisphere's managing partner.
In the wake of legislative redistricting, Woodbury has had to redraw its own precincts. Changes will have minimal impact on voters because all council members serve at large, but there will be some shifting to accommodate the new 2012 redistricting as well as population growth. Woodbury City Council passed a resolution Wednesday to change the city's precinct boundaries as well as to re-number them. A judicial panel issued new congressional and legislative plans in February. The changes resulted in Woodbury being in U.S.
A new church that first started by meeting at Central Park is officially launching in a new location this month. Although Christ Redeemer Church has been meeting every Sunday morning at Footprints Academy for more than a year, lead pastor Brett Louis said the official grand opening will be March 25. The church was originally planted in Woodbury under the name Bethlehem Baptist Church. The church branched out to Woodbury from downtown Minneapolis since many members were commuting from Woodbury and the east metro.