The New Ulm City Council spent a good amount of time Tuesday evening discussing the penalties for liquor license violations. The debate centered around whether to increase the fines for establishments caught selling alcohol to underage persons. City Manager Brian Gramentz explained that the current penalty structure is a 2-tiered, based on whether a business is a “Best Pratice” establishment that trains it’s employees on how to check for fake Id’s and other issues. Establishments that would prefer a suspension would be those that don’t sell a great deal of alcohol, such as convenience stores. After the debate the council voted to retain the 2-tier system while increasing the financial penalty for most of the fines by $250. The penalty for a first-time offense by a Best Practice establishment will remain unchanged. In other business, the New Ulm City Council adjusted the special assessments on 20 tax-forfeited lots in the Dakota West Addition that will pave the way for the parcels to be sold to Mike Kral Construction, with the plan being to build high-end town homes at the site.