Smoking: Council voted 12-1 for a smoking ban in all bars and restaurants, effective March 31. Barret Lane (13th Ward) voted no. Amendments to exempt certain bars and to create a one-year extension for some bars were defeated.
County smoking: Council passed on a voice vote a resolution urging the Hennepin County Board to enact a county-wide smoke-free ordinance.
Speeding cam: Dan Niziolek (10th Ward), introduced subject matter for an ordinance to provide automatic photographic enforcement red light violations. Scott Benson (11th Ward) and Paul Ostrow (1st Ward) are also supporting the measure.
Hey City: Council voted 12-0 to terminate the lease at 824 Hennepin Ave S. with SGH Group and give a six-month management and operating contract to the Historic Theater Group, which manages the State, Orpheum and Pantages Theaters on Hennepin Avenue Downtown.
White Boulevard: Council voted 13-0 to contract with Toltz, King, Duvall, Anderson and Associates (TKDA) for engineering and design work on Van White Memorial Boulevard. The street will run from Dunwoody Institute to the city's north side.
Club Spin: Council voted 12-0 to grant an On-Sale Class A liquor license with Sunday sales to Club Spin, 10 S. 5th St., with a stipulation prohibiting adult entertainment. Benson abstained.
Impounded pets: Niziolek introduced an ordinance to create progressive impound fees if the same animal is impounded multiple times in the same calendar year. The fees would increase from $50 to $75 to $100.
Ferrets: Niziolek introduced an ordinance to legalize ferrets as pets in the city, create licensing requirements and require rabies vaccinations.
Police: Council voted 13-0 to approve the Police Department's business plan. The motion requested the mayor to find money in his budget proposal to prevent the position reductions projected in the business plan. Benson, Lane and Lisa Goodman (7th Ward) voted no on the motion.
Aquatennial: Council voted 10-3 to approve the 2004 Aquatennial festival activities, special events and permit requests. It directed the Aquatennial and its partners to present a plan to increase fund-raising and decrease reliance on the General Fund during the next five years, and report by June 2005.
Streetcar: Council passed a resolution 12-1 exploring the feasibility of a streetcar system in Minneapolis. Barret Lane (13th Ward) voted no.
Terrorism I: Council voted 13-0 to accept $4.8 million for a Federal Urban Area Security Initiative Grant. The bulk of the money will pay for an "automatic aid" system, wherein emergency vehicles respond based on their proximity to an incident, not on the jurisdiction in which it occurred.
Terrorism II: Council voted 13-0 to accept a $50,000 grant for first responder training and exercises to respond to a terrorist attack with fatalities.
MPRA: Council voted 13-0 to appoint Michael Nguyen, treasury director, to the Minneapolis Police Relief Association Board.