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City moves forward with roof repair project, reaches compromise on off sale hours of operation

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Off sale hours of operation changes for breweries and brew pubs Off sale hours of operation changes for breweries and brew pubs

A roof repair 20 years in the making has the city shelling out big bucks for the fix. The city council has approved a plan to fix the roof by next summer with Benike Construction.

The city has agreed to spend $1.7 million dollars on replacing the city hall roof and making other repairs after leaks have plagued the building's third floor for the past ten years.

Water damage is fairly significant with ceiling tile falling out and dry wall peeling on the third floor. Benike has already done a repair on the front side of City Hall's roof and found extensive damage and deterioration in the concrete and brick masonry.

The plan will also replace the roof insulation which was saturated with water.

"It's needed pretty badly. The roof leaks are one thing, but the walls were starting to deteriorate to the point where it would escalate over time and would become a much more severe problem down the road than it is today," says Steve Seversen of TSP Rochester.

Although it's a hefty price tag, contractors are confident the repairs will withstand a 15-year warranty. The goal is to have the project completed by July 1st of next year.

Also, Wednesday night, a rare compromise is reached in the Rochester City Council. It has to do with hours - off sale liquor would be available for sale - which are different here in Rochester, compared to Minnesota State law.

State law says off sale hours can go until 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Here in Rochester, the law has hours end at 8 p.m. Monday thru Thursday, 9 p.m. on Fridays and only until 10 p.m. on Saturdays.

At Wednesday night's public hearing, the council was considering aligning Rochester laws with the state of Minnesota.

In a unanimous decision, the council voted on to pass a compromise--as they heard two very different opinions between liquor stores and off sale breweries and brew pubs.

"I don't know if limiting people like myself or the other breweries or tap rooms in town as far as off sale on those particular days would make a lot of sense because it's an opportunity for us to get up to state standards and allow us to do our business," said Donovan Seitz of Kinney Creek Brewery.

"One of my big concerns is the safety of our employees and our patrons we all know what's going on, we are in a controlled situation we have smaller stores that only have one employee working,"said Ari Kolas of Apollo Liquor. "The longer we stay open, the more issues we have, especially earlier in the week. I don't think there's any need for that."

In the end, the council decided to keep Rochester's current hours of operation laws for liquor stores, while extending state law to brew pubs and breweries. 

And because of the Sunday liquor sales amendment for those establishments earlier this year, this change would allow breweries and brew pubs to sell from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

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