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Council Preview: Purchase of Caponi Art Park, Granite City Problems

The Eagan City Council may take additional disciplinary action against a local bar and restaurant for having four alcohol compliance infractions in three years.

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The Eagan City Council will convene at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday night at City Hall to hold a regular meeting. Here's a preview of a selection of agenda items the council is expected to discuss. For a full agenda, click here.

  • The city of Eagan already owns 30 acres of the 57.12-acre Caponi Art Park, located along Diffley Road in Eagan. Now, plans are afoot to buy the remaining 27.12 acres as part of an effort to preserve the park. On Tuesday, the Eagan council is expected to vote whether to enter into a joint powers agreement with Dakota County to acquire the park and place a permanent conservation easement on the property. The city and county could close on the property as early as Dec. 31, 2014. As part of the proposed agreement, the city would cover $400,000 of the total purchase price of the property. That money would come from the Park Systems Development and Renewal & Replacement Fund. 
  • Since 2009, the Granite City restaurant in Eagan has failed alcohol compliance checks four times—including a violation that occurred on Oct. 24, when a business employee sold alcohol to a minor during a routine police compliance check. The Eagan City Council cracked down late last year by suspending the restaurant's license for 30 days in January, but Eagan's City Code requires any license holder with four or more violations within three years to appear again before the council for cosideration of additional disciplinary action. On Tuesday, the council is expected to consider several options against the restaurant, including a possible license revocation or an additional 30-day suspension.
  • The council is also expected to hold a total of six street improvement project hearings to review proposed 2013 street reconstruction projects.
DeAnne Parks January 15, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Big thanks to the City of Eagan and Dakota County for preserving the Caponi Art Park. It's a treasure.

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