Sioux Falls City Council approves The Vault's liquor license
UPDATE: After much debate, the Sioux Falls City Council has approved the Vault's liquor license for another year; however, there are some strong stipulations attached to that approval.
All parties came well prepared to Tuesday's Council meeting. Speakers at the meeting included security guards from The Vault, an attorney representing the neighboring hotels and City Council members themselves who saw the issues between the businesses first hand. All working together to help the businesses better co-exist.
"We're willing to do whatever we can to be a good neighbor," said owner Kirby Muilenburg.
This was the theme of the Vault's presentation to the City Council Tuesday night as the club's owner and security officers laid out their plan to help alleviate their hotel neighbor's concerns.
The Vault's plan includes enclosing their outdoor smoking area to eliminate noise and stepping up security outside their building and the surrounding properties.
"One to two or three people, whatever we need to make sure we can observe the area and make sure that people are following the law," said Muilenburg.
An attorney for the Staybridge Suites and Holiday Inn Express said although the neighbors had discussed this plan, the hotels still asked the City Council not to approve the Vault's liquor license.
"Working on more ideas to solve these problems or to address these concerns is not good enough; we need to see results," said Vince James.
James did say the hotels would be willing to work with the Vault if the security changes are implemented.
"My clients are not unreasonable, if these concerns are resolved, my clients are going to be happy," said James.
Those close to the Vault say they know the night club is working to do just that.
"I know that they are doing everything they can to make everybody happy. They don't want to make any problems and they definitely don't want their customers that come and go to make problems for anyone else either," said former bar security guard Jim Gilbertson.
Ultimately, all Council members voted to approve the Vault's license expect Rex Rolfing, his was of warning the Vault to take the security changes seriously.
"It's not a one week, one month yes vote, it's an all year forever vote to clean up your act," said Rolfing.
Councilor Greg Jamison said the Vault did implement some of the increased outdoor security measures over the last weekend. He hopes that effort will continue over the next year. If the Vault does not implement those changes, the council says they will not renew the company's liquor license next year.
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