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Lonsdale Liquor pays up
Each time consumers choose to make purchases at Lonsdale Liquor, they are helping to make Lonsdale parks bigger and better. At the regular meeting held Thursday, Jan. 10, the Lonsdale City Council approved Resolution 2013-06, to transfer $10,000 from the Liquor Fund to the Park Fund.
City Administrator Joel Erickson said the Liquor Store Committee agreed that they would keep a minimum fund balance of at least $90,000 for the store, and allocate additional funds in the account. They also agreed that they would continue to repay the loan from the Sewer Fund with monthly payments of $3,200, double what was paid in 2012. Finally, they agreed that any extra revenue in the account be allocated between the Sewer Fund, Park Fund and other possible transfers.
In addition, the council approved a resolution to transfer a lump sum of $10,800 from the liquor store to the Sewer Fund as repayment on the loan.
"Our goal is to get it paid off as soon as possible," stated Councillor Joe Daleiden who is the council's representative on the Liquor Store committee. "It's a good economy right now for the liquor business."
Councilman Kevin Kodada shared the Park Board's plans for 2013, and how some of the allocated Liquor Store funds would be spent. He said with the soil at Sticha Park determined to be mostly peat, the structure that was planned for the site would be too costly and not feasible.
"The peat limits that whole park –– even the lighting and plumbing," Kodada stated, adding that they are going to work with the Sticha family to possibly construct an open air pavilion there instead.
Engineering firm selected for business park
The Lonsdale City Council interviewed two engineering firms for the business park proposed for the southeast corner of State Hwy. 19 and Garfield Avenue during a special meeting held before the regular council meeting on Thursday. WSB & Associates, Inc., I & S Group and two other firms submitted proposals for the project in December. At that time, Erickson informed the council that the bids were: "All over the place. They are all on par, with the exception of construction observation. Therein lies the difference in the spread of proposals."
The council chose to interview representatives from WSB and I & S Group on Thursday, ultimately choosing to work with I & S Group of Mankato. The decision came down to cost as I & S Group's proposal was $75,000 less than WSB's.