224 1 i MINUTES 03' THE! ADYOUWED PI)RTION OFsT?dE SEPTEMBER 25,
<br />1961 lll3Gm MEXTXNG OF THl3 EDXNA VILLAGE CBUNCXL,
<br />H?lLD MONDAY: OCTOBER 2, 1961, AT 7200 P.M., AT THE:
<br />WOODDAU SCHOOZ, W .50TIi ST: &D WOODDALE AWE .-
<br />Members answering Rollcall were Dickson, Tupa, VanValkenburg and Bredesen. Trustee
<br />Beim arrived later, as hereinafter recorded.
<br />PUBLIC HEARING ON APPLICATION OF EDINA POST 1471, PIMERICAN LEGION, FOR CLUB ON- .
<br />SALE RETAIL LIQUOR LICENSE AT AMERICAN LEGION HALL, 4900 EDEN AVENUE.
<br />Bredesen reviewed for the audience present--about fifty persons--the proceedings
<br />to this point on Post #471's application for an on-sale liquor license, being as
<br />application at 4900 Eden Avenue, and the Council's action appointing the Mayor
<br />to discuss the matter with Mr. Richard E. Olson; the Mayor's discussions with
<br />Mr. Olson, during which Mr. Olson was told that the location at 4900 Eden Avenue
<br />would be unsatisfactory, mainly because of limited parking facilities; the
<br />subsequent letter fromMr. Olson, dated June 26, asking that the Council consider
<br />a license for Post #471, at "Cedric's Cafe", and requests by the Council for
<br />financial information and rules of conduct; Mr. Olson's letter of August 25,
<br />setting forth the rules of conducterequested; the discussions from time to time
<br />on rules governing limitation of membership, in which Mr. Olson had stated that
<br />the by-laws of the organization will not permit limitation of membership and
<br />also that the member of any American Legion Post is entitled to the hospitality
<br />of any other Post; Trustee VanValkenburg's letter of September 6th, to llr. Olson,
<br />asking for additional information; the Village Attorney's letter of September 14,
<br />stating that the Attorney General has ruled that in the event a license is
<br />iasued to an American Legion Post, "liquor may not be sold to persons other than
<br />members of that post"; and the September 25th letter of Mr. Millard B. Steady,
<br />Commander of Post #471, to Mr. VanValkenburg, setting forth the answers to most
<br />of Nr. VanValkenburg's questions of September 6, and asking that the license
<br />be issued for the location at 4900 Eden Avenue, stating, too, that the Posts
<br />expects to control its membership to 1,000. Mayor Bredesen ended his review
<br />by protesting a statement in the notice sent by the Post to its members concerning
<br />the meeting this evening, stating, "This hearing for our liquor club license was
<br />set up for the sole purpose of defeating us by the Edina Village Council".
<br />Bredesen told audience that hearing was called to get the sentiment of the public
<br />as to whether additional on-sale outlets are desired.
<br />number of members, Mr. Olson introduced Mr. John G. Kressel, the Department Judge
<br />Advocate for the American Legion Department of Minnesota, who stated that under
<br />the constitution and by-laws of both the national and the state organizations each
<br />Post is the sole judge of its own membership--that not only does each post have
<br />the privilege of limiting its membership as to number, but other limitations may
<br />be imposed. He added that
<br />the laws of the State of Minnesota do prohibit the sale of liquor to any except
<br />members of the particular club or organization, stating this last was relative
<br />to the parking situation--that if parking is adequate for "X" members but would
<br />be inadequate to ''Yrr members, Post 8471 could properly restrict its membership
<br />membership to Edina residents, and was told by Mr. Kressel that there is none.
<br />its own members.
<br />Legion members, spedifying their particular posts--that these cards would be used.
<br />Edina residents, or to any certain number.
<br />don't all live in Edina.
<br />successful operation, that it has been operating about five years and the Richfield
<br />Police Chief reports that there has been absolutely no difficulty with respect to
<br />its operation.
<br />Commerce, favoring the granting of the license providing the membership is limited
<br />in number and fairly and reasonably operated.
<br />Mr. George Nugent told Council that neither the clubhouse nor the parking
<br />facilities at 4900 Eden Avenue will accommodate even 150 people at this time, and
<br />Mr. Olson added that the parking lot is the Village Hall parking lot and should not
<br />be made available for the purpose under discussion.
<br />the question, "Shall additional on-sale liquor licenses be issued in the Village
<br />of Edina?", 117 replies having been received, with 95 opposing and 22 favoring
<br />additional licenses.
<br />Receipt by the Councilaat its April 24th meeting of the Post's formal
<br />Stating that one of the Council's considerations seemed to be limitation on
<br />He cited the B&P Post in Minneapolis as an example.
<br />Trustee Dickson asked if there is anything to prohibit restriction of
<br />Trustee VanValkenburg inquired as to how the Post expects to limit sales to
<br />It was explained that identification cards were issued to all
<br />2lr. Olson inquired as to why it should be necessary to limit membership to
<br />He told Council that present members
<br />Mr. Kressel told Council that the Richfield Post is a good example of
<br />Mr. Jim Ellingson read a resolution adopted by the Edina Junior Chamber of
<br />Mayor Bredesen read the results of a 221-letter poll taken of its members on
<br />Trustee 3eim f.&k his seat at this time, and was present for the balance of the