I watched the Burnsville City Council meeting, the same one that the Star Tribune references in this article but we were apparently watching two completely different meetings. The Star Tribune describes a meeting full of councilmember disgust over complaints and police calls but I saw one full of disgust with themselves and an opportunity to show that they are not going to let the mistakes they made with the 1200 Club at Burnsville Bowl in the past affect their reelection campaigns of the future.
From the article:
Luebbert (the owner) said after the meeting that he was happy to have the City Council’s support but expressed some disappointment that the council put so much weight into the complaints of two residents.
“If they don’t want to live [adjacent to the hall],” he said, “they should move to Minnetonka.”
There were numerous police calls made to the business including some noise violations which, at least according to the owner, were from two residents. None of the supposed noise violations resulted in any police action as they were found to be without merit.
As I was watching the meeting it was clear to me that even though Olmeca’s nightclub has not had any violations which resulted in serious police action, this is nothing more than a response to their poor handling of the 1200 Club incidents. It’s clear from those commenting on the Star Tribune article that other residents were quick to make that connection–something the City Council wants to have happen so as to show that they are tough on shutting down businesses they don’t care for while bending the rules for others. I would go so far as to say that when the councilmembers stated their disapproval of the events being held it was solely because they were discriminating against one business because of the actions of another something which should open them to one of the lawsuits which the mayor so openly welcomes.
With four people speaking for the club (from the agenda packet on page 34) of which three are Burnsville residents and only two speaking against it, it’s clear that this is nothing more than the vocal minority having the council’s ear while everyone else involved has to suffer. It’s clear that the mayor and her minions need to pay closer attention to the majority and stop acting out in their own ways something which they do time and time again–which is why they are dealing with the fallout from the Burnsville Performing Arts Center now.
So what do you think of Olmeca’s nightclub woes? Was the City Council right in admonishing the operators of the club or was this in direct response to the problems they have created and let continue at the 1200 Club? Whatever you have to say about Olmeca and the Burnsville City Council’s actions against them go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.