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Blackduck City Council talks liquor ordinance, lawn mowers

The Blackduck City Council held its regular meeting on Monday, May 5 with a lengthy agenda to get through.

New council member Sam Christenson was sworn in by city administrator Christina Regas, the new liquor ordiance was discussed and the need for two new lawn mowers was also on the table.

Based upon a work session held last month by the council, Regas said she felt like it was time to make a decision on the fee for an intoxicating liquor license.

Council member Rudy Patch made a motion to set the fee at $1,700. The fee for a Sunday license is $200, which is set by the state of Minnesota.

The Pond will now also be able to open on Sundays for a $200 annual fee to the state as well.

Public works supervisor Bob Klug gave his report and noted that the city is overdue for a new lawn mower.

Klug had prices for potential mowers that ranged from just less than $12,000 to nearly $15,000.

Council member Patch asked where that would come out of the budget and Klug said that he and Mayor Daryl Lundberg had previously dicussed it coming out of Pine Tree Park’s fund balance.

The last time the city purchased a new mower was in 1999 and gave one to the Blackduck golf course about three years ago.

The golf course is in need of a different kind of lawn mower.

Regas reported for the golf course. A request was made by Jim Andersen, the golf course manager, to either purchase a new fairway mower or to lease one.

Klug said he thought the current mower is 18 years old.

Lundberg said that when the golf course was refianced a few years ago, Andersen was asked what he would need in the next five years and he said he wouldn’t need anything.

The cost of a new fairway mower is roughly $32,000.

The matter was tabled for further dicussion during a work session.

The council also voted to have the public works department rough in the water and sewer lines to the new football tower for Blackduck High School at the meeting.

The school snowblows the trail that it’s located near for the city. Klug said it would be trade-off deal and the city would cover labor and supplies. Klug said the job would take about half of a day.

The council’s next regular meeting will be held June 2.

Jillian Gandsey

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