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$500 a day to have a city employee sit in the parking lot? As usual with government work, it's good if you can get. Also, Louie's comment re: the city inspectors ("There was no compassion") adroitly sums them up. This situation could have been handled so much better.
Gubment to the rescue. Where does it end?
For the amount of money it would take to catch this business up to code and help keep that number of men off the street, you would think some large business in Minneapolis could have given the owner of Lee's a grant for all the good he has done. A lot of money has gone to a lot less than keeping veterans and the eldery off the street. Too late??
The Mayor was off getting a stadium and was busy... Secondly - "A woman pricked her finger with a pin while looking at pins at a store, and that is a liability for the city because she will claim the city didn't inspect properly. Legal department says we need an ordinance to avoid the liability." Third - what ever happened to the part where the government is selected by and serves the citizens, rather than the city is a thing unto itself beyond or other than the people?... Yes, it's a tough call on the fire hazard vs eviction for safety, but it was because they city made it so - this was NEVER an either-or situation with today's modern fire suppression and egress approaches - unless the MPLS fire codes are in the dark ages and are there to keep old companies and building contractors in work.
The city gets blamed for not enforcing fire codes when renters died...so the city doubles it's efforts and then they are criticized for enfacing the codes. They simply can't win. What about the owners personal responsibility...why is government responsible for making sure these guys had a safe place to live?
Thanks to the Mpls. city officials, at least 25 people will now be out of work permanently, including another 100 musicians that will lose a great place to play. Great place to live, Mpls... Which is why I live in St. Paul.
I think there are ulterior motives on the city's part. They used the fire code to run him out of business.
It was previously reported that Louie is not in any rush to sell... he'll be waiting for the right opportunity to make sure Lee's is in good hands.
Let no lifetime full of good deeds go unpunished. Shame on the City of Mpls.
Another BS move by the City of Minneapolis. Good luck Louie and to his friends too!
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