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Fifty Lakes City Council Reviews 2018 Audit

Web posted April 23, 2019
By Bill Monroe, Northland Press Correspondent

(Editor’s Note: The following article was written from the unapproved minutes of a meeting of the Fifty Lakes City Council held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 as provided by the City Clerk.)

The Fifty Lakes City Council reviewed the results of the city’s audit report at its regular monthly meeting held Tuesday, April 9 at the city hall. Members present included Mayor Linda Steffens and council members Jodie Schrupp, Toni Buchite, Julie Engle and Mark Bradley (via phone). City Clerk Karen Stern also attended.

Doug Host, auditor with Clifton Larson Allen, met with council to review the 2018 audit report. He said the audit went very smoothly for the first audit with the city. The report showed the liquor store had a profit of $31,641 with the highest sales ever reported. The council requested a proposal for next year’s audit.

Planning and Zoning

Justin Burslie presented a request from Crow Wing County to change classification of property to “non-conservation” and future sale of tax-forfeited lands. He said the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the reclassification. The council approved having Crow Wing County reclassify two properties.

Burslie informed the council of a proposal for Minnesota wetland conservation from Bolton & Menk for $2,500. Discussions followed but no action was taken.

Fire and Rescue

The council approved a request to install a light pole on the intersection of County Road 1 and County Road 136. Crow Wing Power had given an estimate of $1,500 to install the pole with a monthly fee of $12.

The council approved a request to purchase replacement tables for the community center. The 10 eight-foot wooden folding tables cost $88.95 each.

The council approved spending an additional $1,004 to complete repairs and bodywork on the fire pump truck.

Liquor Store
Diana Johnson reviewed the liquor report with the council. The council reviewed the inventory variance report for the first quarter. Johnson reviewed the digital dining point of sale system that she requested approval to purchase. Following discussion, the council approved the purchase of the system with costs not to exceed $16,000, subject to a few changes in the purchase agreement.

Johnson asked the council to approve the installation of a cement patio in front of the bar to allow for additional exterior seating. She presented three bids ranging from $3,800 to $4,420. The council approved the request and accepted the $3,800 bid from Tracy Raph subject to a completion date by May 18.

Johnson asked the council to approve the hiring of an additional employee to clean the bar, which would provide cleaning seven days a week. She requested hiring Doug Stark to clean the days that are already not cleaned by Jim Berquist. The council approved hiring Stark at $13.17 an hour.

Other Business
In other business, the council:
• Approved sending Planning and Zoning members to classes in Albertville at a cost of $150;

• Approved sending Keith and Dawn Fitzpatrick, Dick Schiller and Mark Bradley to the Minnesota State Fire Conference in Mankato April 25 to 27 and

• Passed a resolution to donate $250 to the Emily Food Shelf.

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