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Sioux Falls City Council to vote on The Vault's liquor license after receiving hundreds of complaints

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This week the Sioux Falls City Council will decide the fate of The Vault night club's liquor license renewal after receiving hundreds of neighborhood complaints. 

The city council is taking those complaints very seriously; members of the council have spent a lot of time this week working with leaders from The Vault and other neighborhood businesses.   

Many have come to the decision that the vault will get their license renewed, but only if a lot of changes are made. 

On a quite Sunday afternoon, the establishments on Carolyn Avenue seem to peacefully coexist, but after the sun goes down, it's a very different story. 

"At the Staybridge suites and the holiday in express, our business is simple, we sell sleep," said Staybridge General Manager Travis Henjum. 

It's a commodity in direct contrast with their neighbors. 

"Travis does sell sleep, unfortunately, our business, we sell the opposite of that…in our business, we do sell alcohol and people don't always make the best decision when they've been drinking," said The Vault owner Kirby Muilenburg. 

A fact Staybridge night auditor Lorri Starr knows all too well. 

"Running up and down the streets, yelling and screaming and cussing at the top of their lungs and then I have guest that complain because of all the yelling and the noise outside," said Starr. 

Along with the noise, there's also a parking and security issue for the surrounding business; they're issues the city council is taking very seriously. 

"There's a huge amount of money at stake here, there livelihood, their business is at stake," said Sioux Falls City Council Member Greg Jamison. 

To get a first hand look at the late night issues on Carolyn Avenue, Councilman Jamison and his wife spent three hours at The Vault on a Saturday night. 

"Inside the building, they do a find job of managing the crowd, managing the atmosphere of the place, they had plenty of security...I think where they stumble is outside their building," said Jamison. 

Jamison and City Council member Jim Enteman believe if the Vault Steps up security outside the building, many issues could be alleviated.  

"We think that would add some calm and some orderly conduct to those individuals leaving," said Jamison. 

Stakeholders from The Vault will be presenting their increased security plan to the city council on Tuesday. 

"If they come forward with a decent plan I think the council will be receptive. The neighbors, I think, understand that the changes are coming and going forward, things will be better," said Jamison. 

We were outside the Vault late Saturday night and early Sunday morning and saw at least two outdoor security guards, so progress has already begun.  

But Jamison says if the Vault's security plan is not upheld over the coming year, the council will likely suspend their liquor license the next time it is up for renewal. 

The city council will vote on the Vault's liquor license renewal this Tuesday, December 4, at their regularly scheduled council meeting. 

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